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New Type Arduino Plant Grower (GCKJ)

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  2018 ASABE Annual International Meeting  1800016.(doi:10.13031/aim.201800016)
Keywords:   Arduino, Automatic, cloud drive, Health, Plant Grower, Sensors, Watering System


. Today's generation of technology and advancement in social status makes many vulnerable and not aware where the food they eat are produced nor how healthy the food we eat can be. This situation results in problems ranging from decline in health to consumption of unwholesome food due to poor diet or contamination in the food chain. The New Arduino Automatic Plant Grower - GCKJ is a project to alleviate such concerns. It is an open source robot which enables users to grow food for themselves — minus the labor.

GCKJ is a cute little Arduino board, less than one foot high, made of blue and transparent plastic. It is attached to a rectangular box and sits in a hydroponics unit of any size and communicates details about the growing conditions to the crop grower via computer – Arduino Software. Using sensors (pH, Light, Temperature, Moisture and Humidity). GCKJ communicates the pH level, temperature, and relative humidity and the solar requirement as well as detect contamination, and provide information for how to resolve problems associated with crops. This type of system is often used for general plant care, as part of caring for small and large gardens if need be. Normally, the plants need to be watered twice daily, morning and evening. The system automation is designed to be assistive to the user. With high precision and space saved by GCKJ, this device serves to provide the society with self-backyard gardening and enjoy having plants without the challenges related to absent or forgetfulness. All communication is stored on a cloud-drive for other users to make inferences and for future references about the conditions of the plants grown.

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