A lot of people have trouble getting attached to their pet plant because they lack expression. It is hard to know whether they are needing more water or sunlight. The Sewaddle Pot is designed to allows your pet plants to express themselves and to encourage their owners to better take care of their plants.
What it does
The Sewaddle Pot helps the plants express themselves, specifically using the color. The Sewaddle Pot changes color depending on if they are needing more water (blue), more sunlight (yellow), both (red), or if they are satisfied and happy (rainbow colors).
How we built it
Our flower pot has two different layers: outer pot made out of cardboard and the inner pot made out of foam core. The foam core is the part that actually hold the plants, and the space in between is designated to hold the arduino, breadboard, and the wires.
Challenges we ran into
Because we didn't have the built-in soil moisture sensor, we had to build our own using various components. In addition, it was very difficult to design the flower pot that is big enough so that it can fit all the hardware but also not too big to the point the pot feels bulky.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We were able to make a prototype that involves both software and hardware components in such a short amount of time. We were especially proud since neither of us had too much experience using arduino and sensors and coding these components.
What we learned
We learned that it is very difficult to work with hardware, especially with soldering the wires. We learned to take our time and make sure that the soldering is done well from the beginning because if they aren’t, they will be very fragile and will force you to do it again.
What's next for Sewaddle Pot
We want to give the pot more expression. We don’t want to limit ourselves to just color and work with different modes of expression. In addition, we would love to add more software components such that that owner can have more interaction with the plant.