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Andrej NastranBy Andrej Nastran
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Andrej NastranBy Andrej Nastran
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About

You can not manage to grow beautiful flowers? Then a smart watering reminder is perfect for you.

PlantRay - smart plant watering reminder
PlantRay - smart plant watering reminder

Nature, vegetation, clean and fresh air are just some of the benefits brought to us by the company of plants. Nature is a part of us and it is right that we have a part of nature also in our homes and at our workplace. Plants liven up our surroundings. Numerous studies show that plants lessen the stress and improve our concentration, productivity and wellbeing. Beside that, they also purify and humidify the air. 

We hear too often that if a plant dies, we should just buy a new one. But, is this really the way we want to act? No, we do not! We want plants to last for years, not just months or weeks.

With PlantRay there will be no wilted plants anymore
With PlantRay there will be no wilted plants anymore

To water or not to water the plants?  Sometimes we simply forget to water the indoor plants. Or we water them too much and they drown. PlantRay is perfectly suitable for home or office use.

With PlantRay everyone in the office will know the right time to water the plants
With PlantRay everyone in the office will know the right time to water the plants

It's simple to use. PlanRay will remind you when the time to water the plant is perfect.

"When was the last time I watered that flower in the corner?" 

PlantRay helps us grow plants. It will remind you to water the plants - so simple and useful.

Everybody knows that the most important part of growing plants is correct watering. The majority of plants cannot grow well precisely because of too much or too little water. Often, when caring for plants, the most common issue is that we simply forget to water the indoor plants, or we water them too often. PlantRay is a device that measures the humidity of soil. When the soil is dry enough, the device warns us that the plant needs to be watered. In this way the plants do not get under stress and they grow beautifully. Whoever notices that the PlantRay beside the plant is pulsating red, he or she should simply water the plant.

Water the plant when the PlantRay blinks red! PlantRay will turn back to blue when the plant gets enough water.
Water the plant when the PlantRay blinks red! PlantRay will turn back to blue when the plant gets enough water.
                                              Plantray is a very nice gift.
Plantray is a very nice gift.

How to use PlantRay?

PlantRay has 4 programmes for different types of plants: for plants that prefer dry climate, need regular watering and swampy soil and for special program for orchids.

You can change the programme by pressing the button.
You can change the programme by pressing the button.

Insert the battery and choose the programme. Put the PlantRay into the soil up to the mark. The device has to stand firmly in the soil. Water the plant so that the device sets up correctly. From then on, PlantRay constantly measures the humidity of the soil and when needed its red LED light will remind you to water the plant.

How does PlantRay work?

PlantRay – the smart moisture reminder measures humidity by means of an advanced capacitive humidity sensor, which knows how to measure the effect of the minerals in the soil. The collected data is saved in the memory and processed so that it can get adjusted simultaneously. Every time the plant is watered, the device adjusts to the new conditions. This is why PlantRay will always remind you at the right time when the plant needs to be watered. 

PlantrRay graph shows how much water is in the soil (weight), data from the sensor, and colour of blinking
PlantrRay graph shows how much water is in the soil (weight), data from the sensor, and colour of blinking

Meaning of the lightning (the lightning turns off during the night)

When PlnatRay blinks red, it is time to water your plant.
When PlnatRay blinks red, it is time to water your plant.

What is inside?

 Why is PlantRay a technically advanced product?

  • The sensor operates at high frequencies to eliminate the influence of minerals to the measurement, therefore the measurement is very accurate
  • The sensor contains an algorithm that determines the point of saturation of soil with water, and continuously calculates the limit levels for “watered” (blue LED), “normal” (green LED) and “dry” soil (red LED)
  • PlantRay’s sound signal warns us of the critical dryness of the soil
  • The light sensor deactivates visual and sound signals at night
  • The brightness of the LED flashing is adjusted to the light of the surroundings.
  • The sensor is able to adapt to some changes in the soil (soil gets denser)
  • Software-optimized operation allows the battery to function even 2 years and more

How far are we with the development?

We have been developing PlantRay for over a year and a half. We invested in the engineering of the equipment for injecting plastic parts. We also made some test devices for promotional intent. We developed the version 1.2, which is now being offered on the Kickstarter platform. The new version has an entirely new electronic circuit system, which is more precise, resisting to temperature and insensitive to conductivity of soil.

PlantRay development, prototypes, and evaluation of sensor moisture sensor
PlantRay development, prototypes, and evaluation of sensor moisture sensor

Why do we need funds?

We have developed the device with our own resources and produced and tested it in limited quantities. Now we need you – backers – to help us with the very last step – raising funds. Raised funds would give our project additional impetus to bring the device in your homes. With raised funds we would finance the production on a larger scale, so that we could achieve an affordable price. We would also buy additional equipment for manufacturing our products. 

Rewards for supporters:
 

PlantRay will come in bunch of different colours. You will select the colour in the survey after the campaign ends.
PlantRay will come in bunch of different colours. You will select the colour in the survey after the campaign ends.

Delivery time rewards
  We will deliver first 3000 units in December 2018.

About the team

Andrej Nastran – Mastermind of the PlantRay project. "In my free time I like to develop different kinds of electronic gadgets, most of them are in connection with different plants. Generally speaking I like to grow plants and this is why I would like to make things easier. My role in the PlantRay Project was developing the PCB circuit; I did the 3D model design of the hygrometer, wrote the FW and did all of the required tests. My previous successful crowd funding project is http://daisy.si/

Uroš Gomboc – "I joined the project because I like the idea of it. Entrepreneurship is my hobby. Years of experiences, which I gained when I was head of sales in different multinational corporations, will help launching the product on the market. Primarily, my responsibilities are sales, marketing and organisation".

Hinko Golias – "I like innovative and interesting projects, which is why I joined the team. I have a manufacturing and services company for laboratory technology. I support this project financially, technically and I also offer help in the production".

Risks and challenges

To reduce the risks, we developed the product to the stage that we already made a prototype series of the version 1.0. Kickstarter supporters will receive an upgraded version 1.2. To sum up; we have already made all the equipment for injecting plastic parts, the circuit is finished and so is the software. All the expenses have been carefully calculated (the price of material, packaging, packets, taxes and costs of shipment). We are well aware of our responsibilities to our supporters that we finish the project and deliver the product to your homes. We will inform you regularly of the status and production of the device and we will also inform you of any changes.

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