Winner at hackWHS (Westfield High School) for 1st Place Overall Hack

Inspiration

How can we effectively monitor the conditions that our plant lies in?

What it does

The Raspberry Pi collects data using a thermistor of the environment around the plant. Then, the Pi parses this data into a JSON file. The Pi also takes a picture of the plant using a webcam and sends both the JSON and the image to the main computer. The main computer uses Beautiful Soup's web scraping technology to scrape weather, humidity, time, location, and external temperature and stores this data in another JSON file. The main computer sends this data as an SMS text message to the owner of the plant. Then, the main computer hosts a webpage on a local server which compiles all of this data and presents it. Thus, the owner of the plant has many mediums of communication to obtain information about their plant.

How we built it

Built using a combination of hardware (Raspberry Pi, electronics), software (web design, text messages), and APIs.

Challenges we ran into

Being able to import and read JSON data from local files.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

Noice looking website, clean graphs, simple interface, quality picture of the plant, and efficiency in code and time.

What we learned

How to access data from local JSON files using asynchronous functions. How to plot graphs in javascript. How to format websites and navbars to make them look noice.

What's next for PiPlant

Storing multiple timestamps in a database so the user can see the history of the plant and its development.

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