Tools and Stuff forum: Edyn Garden Sensor

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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Dec 2, 2015 9:23 AM CST
Has anyone explored the Edyn Garden Sensor? It came out this year and is supposed to monitor light, moisture, nutrition and humidity and has a wi -fi connection for reporting. It's a kickstarter thing and I haven't been able to find enough gardener reviews to prompt me to purchase.
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woofie
Dec 2, 2015 7:09 PM CST
Have you checked out the CNET review? http://www.cnet.com/products/edyn-garden-sensor/
PC Magazine has a review as well: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2489679,00.asp
They don't sound too thrilled.
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
Dec 2, 2015 7:37 PM CST
Wow, they got the sensors, battery, case and solar power right, but the app stinks? What a waste!
And it sounds like there is no logging function to save historical data to a PC or website.

I would have thought the hardest thing would be to get the sensors accurate without external calibration!

And, after that, collecting enough power to run the sensors and communicate with Wi-Fi through the night.

The app should have been the easy part - like, smart high school students could do that if they had a savvy marketing department to tell them what was needed.

Hopefully they will give their SW department a few more months to do a better job, and update the app.

They obviously don't have anyone remotely like Dave on staff! Or their marketing department made them release it 6 months before it wad ready.





Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Dec 3, 2015 10:13 AM CST
I did read the cnet review and for a gardener, Edyn doesn't seem to have a good database to access individual plant data and is relying on users to build their database. And I'm not sure how it would work in a garden of diverse plantings. Nice idea but I don't think it's ready for market rollouts in my opinion. I like that it's solar powered but I'm not crazy about being "linked" to my phone to access the info. It appears to be able to work with android on a PC (maybe) and that's the route I would prefer. I rarely use my phone.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
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RickCorey
Dec 3, 2015 11:34 AM CST
I had missed this in the PC review:

"Moreover, in my tests, the moisture and light sensors weren't always accurate"

If he's right, that's at least two strikes.

I went back and looked because I wondered whether it had a pO2 sensor, to detect the partial pressure of oxygen 12" deep in the soil. I would love to know that my soil was aerobic that deep! Maybe a pCO2 sensor would indicate the same thing, in reverse.
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Dec 3, 2015 7:21 PM CST
I do think it rather over-simplifies gardening in general and that one could lose touch with the garden on a personal observational level. I'm not sure how deep the probe is - didn't get that far in reading.

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