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Innovative Hydroponics Automation System Improves Urban Gardening

Innovative Hydroponics Automation System Improves Urban Gardening

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03/13/2013

 
May 30, 2012
May 30, 2012 - BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - Plug in and logon toBitponics, the first ever integrated cloud based hydroponic automationsystem. Designed to be an add-on to any existing hydroponics system,Bitponics will simplify and automate the urban home garden by
managing the plants’ needs, incorporating a crowdsourced online
database for best practices and sending the user friendly and convenientreminders.
“Bitponics is a path into the future of urban home gardening. Through
the development of open source technologies, we are making it possible
for urban gardeners to care for their plants while they’re away,” said
Michael Zick Doherty, co-founder and lead hardware engineer of Bitponics.
“Growing hydroponically is more than just about providing
free food to your home-it is also about the educational experience thatallows us to reconnect with what we eat, empowering us to eat healthyand protect our environment. It is also a great way for students in theclassroom to use hydroponics as an applied method of understandingsciences such as biology and chemistry. They can see in real time thechanges in the plants environment and how this correlates to plant
growth.”
 Bitponics works in two ways: a Base Station that monitors the urbanhome garden and an online Dashboard that grants remote access tomonitor and adjust the plant environment to meet existing needs. TheBase Station will collect readings from its sensors and log them to the
user’s Dashboard.
 
Users can also manually log data and even upload photos to track progress. Whenever sensor data deviates too far from the PersonalizedGrowing Plan, Bitponics sends a friendly alert and explains how to fix it.Automation capabilities include:How many hours of light your plants need per dayWhen to change the lighting schedule (for example, when your
 plants are ready for their flowering phase, we’d swit
ch the lights toa 12-hour cycle)What pH range is safe for your plantsWhen to replace your nutrient solutionWhat balance of nutrients to use for each growing phaseHow often to run your water pumpsThose interested in even more detailed data can also purchase at anadditional charge an electrical conductivity (EC) sensor for measuringthe concentration of nutrients in the solution.Building on the values of open-sourced hardware, Bitponics will evolveas more users participate. Hackers, tinkerers, and the Maker movementare encouraged to redesign and improve the Bitponics system for othersto enjoy. Additionally, once users sign up, they gain entrance to the
Bitponics Community, where they’ll be able to share their Personalized
Growing Plan and results, t
ry out other members’ Personalized Growing
Plan and rate them, and have access to all the information they need to
get started even if they’re completely new to hydroponic gardening. Asusers participate and rate each other’s Personalized Growing Plans, a
community of best practices will evolve. And with the help of the Makermovement, the entire community can enjoy producing better plants,crops, flowers, and anything else that grows!

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