SproutIO enables regular urbanites to reliably grow and access fresh produce. This is the first system to incorporate aeroponic growing methods with sensors, actuators, and a mobile application to remotely monitor and automate the system. The result is a fully integrated, networked, and responsive system that fits the lifestyle of city-dwellers. By encouraging food independence of cities, we can begin dismantling the industrial-scale agriculture and start reconnecting consumers with how food is grown.
The device gathers data from temperature, RGB light, and pH levels and gives the user control of lights and irrigation. The data is forwarded to an off-site server for storage and enables monitoring, remote control, and scheduling by web app.
The project was lead by Jennifer Broutin Farah of the MIT Media Lab’s Changing Places group. I was in charge of the embedded system which entailed networking sensors and actuators for each individual plant with a central computer which then communicates with the server. Everything from the circuit design, firmware, and software to accomplish this was my primary responsibility.