Aedre, An Automated Watering System
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The rapid growth of home gardening, partly due to the organic food movement, has increased desire and demand for a smarter irrigation solution. In order to tap into this growing agricultural market, Clearwater Industries has created Aedre, an automated watering solution. Aedre is designed not only for the home gardener or food producing cooperatives, but rather anyone that enjoys vegetation for decoration, consumption, or any other use. The Aedre automated irrigation solution is designed in conjunction with a smartphone based application, or human machine interface (HMI), that allows users to optimize watering in such a way that plants are neither under watered nor over watered. The process used to create this system involves data processing through a microcontroller, saturation level detection through use of moisture sensors, and water distribution through solenoid valves connected to drip lines.