Smart Garden Sensor Edyn Moves Past Kickstarter Goals, Eyes Android

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A month ago, I wrote about an Internet of Things soil sensor called Edyn that tracks light, humidity, temperature, soil nutrition and moisture data for gardeners.

The company, which first launched at TechCrunch Disrupt last year, beat their initial $100,000 goal for a first production run on Kickstarter. They’ve got close to $300,000 from backers and have made a few adjustments to the product based on backer feedback with six days left to go in the campaign.

Edyn is a $99 solar-powered soil monitor that tracks and analyzes data about weather and soil conditions through a paired iOS app. The app gives a real-time snapshot of conditions in a person’s garden and also pushes alerts for monitoring plant health. They also built an automated water valve that backers can get for an extra $60.

It was co-founded by a Princeton grad named Jason Aramburu, who spent time working on agriculture in East Africa and paired with famed designer Yves Behar to create Edyn.

Initially, the were going to launch the Edyn with battery life of about 2.5 years, but they’ve bumped that up to a 7-year battery after hearing that the old battery wasn’t enough for users. They’ll also be offering Android support next year and are thinking about adding the ability to track water consumption with the paired water valve.

So far, the campaign has seen about a half-half split between gardeners and farmers from all over the world including in Australia, Italy, India, China and Brazil.

Here’s a new video they’ve released that explains some of the technology behind the sensor.

Edyn Hardware and Software from Edyn on Vimeo.