The Autodesk Gallery at One Market in San Francisco celebrates design — the process of taking a great idea and turning it into a reality. With about 60 different exhibits regularly on display that showcase the innovative work of Autodesk customers, the gallery illustrates the role technology plays in great design and engineering.
One of our exhibits is entitled Not your garden-variety garden tool.
Here is how our gallery team describes this exhibit.
After studying ecology and evolutionary biology at Princeton University, Jason Aramburu worked for several years in Panama's rainforests and with farmers in Africa. He founded re:char (a social enterprise that uses technology to help farmers grow more food) to help break the downward spiral of:
- chemical fertilizer use,
- degraded land quality, and
- decreased crop yields
in Africa by providing affordable access to technology that enables small farmers to produce biochar (a carbon-negative soil amendment that eliminates dependence on chemical fertilizer).
Now with Edyn, Jason is once again finding ways to combine his knowledge and passion with technology to:
- change our food system,
- cultivate healthier plants, and
- help people live more sustainably.
Our overview in the gallery mentions:
Spade, check. Trowel, check. Light, humidity, temperature, soil nutrition, and moisture sensor, check. Don't look now, but garden toolbox might be looking a lot different soon. [Mary, Mary, quite contrary, would be proud.] We live in a connected world (think Internet of Things) and now, even that most elemental of items — the garden — is going high tech. How does your garden grow? Edyn knows. Edyn is a smart garden system that lets you know exactly what's happening in your soil at any given moment, enabling a more cost-effective and environmentally responsible growing experience.
But don't let the fact that Aramburu is setting his sights on the humble backyard plot fool you. Edyn was created with his belief that understanding our environment is they first step toward conserving it. Aramburu believes that in the future, connected technology will be the key to managing our limited resources more efficiently. So in fact, we may be getting a glimpse of nothing less than the future of agriculture.
Tracking key conditions:
the Edyn Garden Sensor cross-references this information with online databases to recommend:
- which plants will thrive,
- when to plant and when to harvest,
- what organic fertilizer to use,
- how to find optimal sunlight, and
- exactly when to water.
When used in combination, an Edyn Garden Sensor informs an Edyn Water Valve on when and how much to water:
Users track their system using an Edyn iPhone app.
As part of our Entrepreneur Impact Program, the team at Edyn leveraged Autodesk software wherever they could. From concept to final product, industrial design, user experience, and brand, teams explored dozens of possibilities — not just in terms of aesthetics and connectivity, but also to develop the story they wanted the device to tell.
The Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco is open to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. There is a guided tour on Wednesdays at 12:30 pm and a self-guided audio tour available anytime. Admission is free. Visit us.
The Internet of Gardening is alive in the lab.