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EcoGarden [self-contained aeroponic growth system]

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Author: Foo, Michael
Author: Urban Green
Eating fresh and healthy vegetables and herbs is prohibitively expensive for those who live in high population density areas and remote areas not conducive to farming. Moreover, even people with farming expertise cannot grow all the specialty crops they want due to the climate they live in. As a result, the self-contained Aeroponic growth system (EcoGarden) by Urban Green will allow people to grow produce indoors on a scale that can feed a large family.EcoGarden features a self-contained environment with dynamic temperature, humidity and sunlight control. It also provides an Aeroponic watering system that delivers nutrients directly to the roots of the plant. In addition, in order to keep track of the above procedure, it monitors each variable separately using the following a temperature sensor, a humidity sensor and a sunlight detecting sensor.Real-time conditions are monitored by an Arduino microcontroller which keeps the environmental conditions within the ideal range using the lights, heater, vent, and fans as well as controlling the watering system. A Raspberry Pi computer runs a display on an interactive screen.Finally, one of the most attractive features of the EcoGarden is the wireless communication system through cell phones; this feature is used when the user does not want to use the screen or is away from the system. It allows the user to use all of the above features of the screen on their cell phones. 
Undergraduate Engineering students are required to complete a group-based, two-course capstone sequence: ENSC 405W and ENSC 440.  Groups form company structures and create an innovative product that potentially acts as a solution to a real-life problem.  This collection archives the following assignments: proposal, design specifications, requirements specifications, and proof of concept.
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