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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Name: woofie
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woofie
Dec 2, 2015 7:09 PM CST
Have you checked out the CNET review? http://www.cnet.com/products/e...
PC Magazine has a review as well: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/...
They don't sound too thrilled.
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
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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.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
Frugal Gardener Garden Procrastinator I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest
Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database.
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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.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb

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