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Cooking Hacks Releases Open Garden Platform for Hydroponics and Plant Monitoring

Cooking Hacks, the open hardware division of Libelium, today announced the immediate availability of a new Open Garden hardware platform to monitor the growth of plants, no matter where they are. The platform is based on Arduino and consists of three different plant growing kits that use sensors to control the state of the plants, whether indoors or outdoors. All kits measure parameters such as temperature, humidity and light; soil moisture is monitored in the Indoor and Outdoor kits; water sensors such as pH, conductivity, and temperature are added to the Hydroponics kits.

The Open Garden platform works with various types of actuators that can modify the state of the plants, by irrigating them with droppers or sprinklers or activating lights and oxygen pumps. The sensor nodes periodically send information to an Internet Gateway by using available wireless interfaces such as Wi-Fi, GPRS, and 3G. An open-source web application allows data to be stored in a database and visualized from a browser and iPhone / Android devices. The system is ready for both U.S. (110V) and Europe (220V) power requirements. Cooking Hacks will demonstrate Open Garden at Maker Faire Bay Area, May 17-18, 2014, at booth 231.

“Open Garden helps you get started with plant projects that range from beginner gardens to fully automated watering systems with grow lights,” said David Bordonada, Manager of Libelium's Open Hardware division, Cooking Hacks. “Now it’s easy to run your garden with microprocessors and a suite of sensors to monitor your plants and make sure they get optimal care.”

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About Libelium and Cooking Hacks

Libelium designs and manufactures open source hardware and software APIs for wireless sensor networks so that system integrators, engineering and consultancy companies can deliver reliable Smart Cities and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions with minimum time to market. Libelium’s customers range from startups to large international corporations in North America, Asia and Europe.

Libelium’s open source DIY hardware division, Cooking Hacks, is dedicated to making electronics affordable, easy to learn and fun. Cooking Hacks serves a worldwide community of developers, designers, engineers, hobbyists, inventors and makers who love to create electronics with sensors, robotics, actuators, Arduino and Raspberry Pi. Established in 2006, Libelium is privately held and has headquarters in Zaragoza, Spain.

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