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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Oct 20 2016
$1,977
pledged of $95,000pledged of $95,000 goal
30
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Oct 20 2016

About

Mindy is an intelligent connected planter that monitors and waters an indoor plant and allows you to check in on it remotely via computer or smart phone. Even though caring for indoor plants should be easy, houseplants often die due to over- or under-watering. Mindy helps by using sensors to monitor environmental conditions and watering your plant for you, even when you are on vacation or just busy with other things. Mindy's large built-in reservoir ensures carefree maintenance for weeks at a time. And with WiFi connectivity and programmable RGB lighting, Mindy becomes a true IoT device, able to track data, issue alerts and much more. For example, the planter can sense when the water reservoir needs to be refilled and can flash its lights and send out a text or e-mail alert.

 

Mindy's sleek cubical design with LED accent lights complements any home decor. But Mindy is not a typical planter, in addition to the programmable accent lighting, this planter contains a built-in water reservoir and watering system along with advanced sensors and electronics to monitor your plant and communicate wirelessly over the Internet.

 

 

 

 

 

Setting up Mindy is easy. With Mindy there is no need to grow plants from seeds, to buy special modules or to repot or replant your plant. Mindy is designed for standard 6-inch potted plants you can find at any nursery or gardening department. Just place your potted plant into the planter, attach Mindy's sensor/watering module and use the app to set up WiFi and other options. Add water to the reservoir and let Mindy take care of the rest. Mindy will notify you when the reservoir needs refilled or your plant needs your attention. You don't need a green thumb or a degree in horticulture to successfully care for your house plants.

Blinking light tells you when the water reservoir needs to be refilled.

Mindy is designed to work with standard 6-inch potted plants.

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Unlike wick-based watering systems Mindy contains a pump and water delivery system that naturally waters from the surface of the soil down through the roots. Mindy precisely regulates the amount and waters according to using an algorithm based on sensor readings or according to a schedule that you specify. With a large, 2.5 liter reservoir Mindy can take care of your plant for you while you are on vacation or just busy with other things. Use the Web site or app to easily adjust settings for your particular plant and soil type.

 

Mindy features attractive accent lighting in the base of the planter. Using an array of highly-efficient RGB LEDs, Mindy offers hundreds of color options to suit your mood or preference. Mindy can even display programmed lightshows and alerts.

 

You can set up Mindy's lights to turn on or off on a schedule or timer, alert you of events and even track changing data. Here are a few examples:

 

With IFTTT integration and Mindy's open API you can set up light displays to notify you of events or to monitor data from the Internet. You choose the events or data you want to track and how Mindy notifies you.

Here are a few examples but there are many other possibilities:

 

 

 

Mindy is a standalone WiFi device that connects with your wireless router and is assigned an IP address on the Internet. There is no need for a special hub or limited range Bluetooth connection. You can access Mindy from anywhere. And there are multiple ways to access and interact with this intelligent planter.

By smart phone apps - you can adjust settings, set schedules, adjust the lighting, view the current sensor readings, water level and much more.

By Web - if you don't have a smart phone or it's not handy, you can access these features via our Web site just as easily.

By touch - you can turn Mindy on or acknowledge notifications.

By voice - with Amazon Alexa integration you can use voice commands to get a status report from Mindy, to turn the lights on or off or change colors, to acknowledge notifications and more.

By IFTTT integration - Mindy's open API and IFTTT integration opens rich opportunities for data monitoring, tracking and notification as described above.

 

 

  • Dimensions: 8in x 8in x 9in (20cm x 20cm x 23cm) including base
  • Plant Size: standard 6" pot
  • Water Capacity: more than 2.5 liters
  • Sensors: water level, temperature, humidity, soil moisture, touch
  • Watering: submersible pump and built-in delivery system  
  • WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n with support for WEP, WPA WPA2  
  • Microcontroller: ESP-8266 based with 4M onboard flash memory
  • Lighting: programmable RGB LEDs
  • Power: < 2.5A @5V with lighting
 

Atriot is focused on creating and bringing to market intelligent devices to simplify and enrich our lives. The team behind Mindy brings together knowledge of advanced technology, modern design and great product engineering.

Jay Myers is a computer scientist and cognitive psychologist with diverse experience in education, artificial intelligence, software development and business management. He provides the strategic vision for Atriot and directs the software development efforts. Jay received his Ph.D. in Psychobiology and Computer Science from Caltech.

Sheau Woei Lin is the creative design force behind Mindy. Before turning her attention to the design of Mindy, she designed Web sites, user interfaces, product packaging and marketing collaterals for numerous large and small businesses. Sheau Woei received her MFA degree in Graphic Design from Academy of Art University, San Francisco.

Formerly a technical sales manager at Foxconn, Chuan Hung Lin brings extensive experience in hardware engineering, product design and manufacturing process to the team. Chuan Hung, currently based in Taiwan, received his BA in Electrical Engineering from San Francisco State University and MA in Telecommunications from Gold Gate University in San Francisco.

We've created working prototypes that we continue to test and refine but need funds to complete development, testing and production of Mindy and related software.

 

Thank you so much for your support! We have created special pricing for our backers.

Help bring Mindy home with your pledge.

 

 

Risks and challenges

While there are always risk and challenges with a project like this, our team has the diverse experience and expertise to address challenges from design to development to manufacturing. We have developed and tested a number of functional prototype planters and Web apps and contracted the production of the design prototype shown here.

We have attempted to anticipate potential problems in sourcing components and manufacturing but we will ultimately depend upon our suppliers and manufacturing and shipping partners for the timely completion and fulfillment of this project.

Shipping Mindy poses many challenges since the planter is relatively large and contains both electrical and wireless radio components. Because of this, in addition to issues of transport, storage, regional taxes and duty charges, there are regional compliance requirements that must be met. For this campaign, we have reluctantly decided to minimize these additional risks and costs by limiting shipping to the United States and Canada. Once we are able to increase our production volume, we plan to ship to additional countries.

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