This topic started because I wanted to discuss DIY autonomous house-plant watering systems. It since been expanded to also discuss DIY home automation in general. Ever since I got into modular eurorack I have had this idea of having everything in my room connected and automated with sensors, relays, Arduino’s and Raspberry Pi’s. Not only because automated stuff is awesome, but also because;
"imagine being able to extract all of that data and compose weird electronic sounds that would reflect the interconnected systems of the environment it is produced in."
I have tried building some home automation projects through a Raspberry Pi framework called hass.io, but other than that I am very new to this topic myself. Aside from home automation, I have been interested in self-watering plant systems for a while. I tried to make one in 2019 during the AUHack hackathon. However, this version was not intended to be fully functional but work as a proof of concept for a larger project idea. Since then I have done a lot of research and found that a lot of the self-watering plant kits you can buy online or watch people build on youtube is very focused on just the electronics side, and not acknowledging actual needs of the plant. I think that having a more reflective approach when designing these systems is critical, in the process of developing good self-watering systems.
I am curious as to what other DIY self-watering Plant or home automation projects that other people have made using various Micro-controllers and sensors. I hope that this topic can both a place of sharing cool DIY home automation setups and also discuss and help each other with problems or obstacles in the process.