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HUI! makes growing vegetables at home easier, more guided and less challenging!  

HUI! te guía y ayuda a cultivar vegetales en casa.
HUI! makes growing vegetables at home easier, more guided and less challenging! HUI! te guía y ayuda a cultivar vegetales en casa.
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HUI - Intelligent Urban Garden ("Huerto Urbano Inteligente")

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HUI! - Intelligent Urban Gardening

HUI! is a smart device designed for urban farmers and gardeners. Its weatherproof beautiful design will fit perfectly in your balcony, garden or anyplace indoors. It precisely measures the crucial parameters for growing healthy plants. More so, through its mobile application (for iPhone and Android) HUI! teaches you how to plant any vegetable and sends you notifications of your plant's needs. Thanks to HUI!'s integrated Wi-Fi, you can interact with your plants even if you are away.

2 different ways to use your HUI!

1.) Install it close to your plant. The mobile application lets you indicate what plant (s) you are growing. HUI! will help you keep your plant (s) healthy and will send you daily updates (max./min. temperatures, daylight hours, etc.) or alerts if the plant needs your attention.

2.) Install your HUI! in the place where you want to grow your vegetables and leave it there for at least 24 hours. HUI! will measure the environmental parameters in 1 day and will come up with a list of the best vegetables to grow at your location, at different seasons of the year.

 

HUI! - Huerto Urbano Inteligente

HUI! es un dispositivo inteligente diseñado para el cultivo de plantas y hortalizas en hogares, convirtiendo a los ciudadanos en agricultores urbanitas. Su diseño versátil y su resistencia a la lluvia lo hacen perfecto para tu terraza/balcón, jardín o cualquier lugar (¡como tu cocina!). Mide con precisión los parámetros esenciales para el crecimiento de tus plantas. A través de la aplicación móvil (para iPhone y Android) HUI! te enseña cómo plantar y (si quieres) te enviará avisos cuando tus hortalizas necesiten atención. Gracias a su wifi integrado podrás ver el estado de tus plantas incluso cuando no estés en casa e interactuar con ellas.

2 formas diferentes de usar tu HUI!

1.) Plántalo cerca de tu planta. A través de la aplicación le podrás decir qué tipo de planta estás cultivando. HUI! llevará el control para mantener tu planta sana. Te podrá enviar un resumen diario sobre el estado de tu planta (temperatura máxima y mínima, número de horas de luz) incluso alertas si tu planta requiere alguna atención especial.

2.) Plántalo en en el lugar donde quieras cultivar tus vegetales y déjalo durante al menos 24 horas. HUI! mediará los parámetros de tu entorno y tras finalizar el análisis te devolverá una lista de posibles vegetales que puedes hacer crecer en tu casa en esa época del año.

Features

What can I grow with HUI!?

Vegetables

With HUI! you will have fresh, home-grown vegetables all year round.

Herbs

If you like cooking, you can plant herbs in your kitchen garden like basil, thyme, or dill. Enjoy!

Fruit trees

To grow fruit trees add freshness, color and fragrance to your house.

Bee-friendly flowers

Bees are the most important pollinators for our plants. We need to preserve them. With HUI!, you will know which vegetables, herbs and fruit trees are specially suitable for bees. Furthermore we have added some flowers such us geraniums and sunflowers to our database. There is no excuse to have a bee-friendly garden in your yard. Your vegetables will thank you.

To know more about the importance of bees in agriculture, check this great project: www.newyorkbeesanctuary.org

Plant your own bee sanctuary!

 Technical Specs

MICROCONTROLER

  • Atmega328 at 8 MHz with Arduino bootloader.

SENSORS

  • Light-LDR
  • Temperature-TMP36
  • Soil Moisture

WIFI MODULE

  • ESP8266

BATTERY

  • Three AA batteries that will last for almost 2 years. 
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Urban Farmers Community

Through HUI! we aim to build a community where citizens become urban farmers. The app will use artificial intelligence to learn from the experiences of you and other farmers, as we constantly add more vegetables and flowers to our database. You can ask HUI! how to cultivate any vegetable, which ones are ideal for your environmental conditions, and what the best time to plant them is. Home gardening tutorial videos will also be uploaded periodically.  From your pot to your kitchen! 

Comunidad de Agricultores Urbanitas

Gracias a la aplicación para el móvil podrás formar parte de una comunidad de agricultores urbanitas. La app utiliza un sistema con inteligencia artificial para aprender de tus experiencias y de las de otros usuarios. Día a día se van añadiendo nuevas hortalizas y flores a la base de datos de HUI! para que puedas aprender a cultivarlos, a saber cuáles son ideales para las condiciones climatológicas de tu zona y cuándo es la mejor época del año para plantarlos. Podrás compartir tus experiencias y cualquier duda que puedas tener. También encontrarás videos tutoriales de jardinería como, por ejemplo, de cómo construir tu propio huerto vertical.

¡De tu maceta al puchero!

HUI! team: Gabi, Gonzalo and Javi
HUI! team: Gabi, Gonzalo and Javi

HUI! Artificial Intelligence - Inteligencia Artificial

In order to successfully grow vegetables at home, new urban farmers must have easy access to specialized knowledge. This is the reason why HUI! is also a voice-controlled assistant (for Android and iPhone) that answers specific questions about growing vegetables.  

Para poder cultivar vegetales en casa es importante tener acceso a asesoramiento especializado: cuándo plantar, cómo plantar y dónde plantar. HUI! no sólo vigila el estado de tus plantas sino que incorpora un asistente controlado por voz (para iPhone y Android) capaz de responder a preguntas específicas sobre el cultivo de vegetales.

HUI! has been developed with advanced Artificial Intelligence Techniques to help you in the best way possible. The virtual gardening assistant has the ability to understand you (Natural Language Processing algorithms), to access specific information (Information Retrieval and Structured Knowledge Representation), and to intelligently manage that information by making logical deductions (Automated Reasoning).

Ha sido desarrollado con técnicas avanzadas de Inteligencia Artificial para ayudarte de la mejor manera posible. El asistente virtual tiene la capacidad de entender lo que dices (mediante algoritmos de procesado de lenguaje natural), transmitir información específica de manera comprensible (recuperación de información y representación del conocimiento estructurado), y para manejar de forma inteligente esa información haciendo deducciones lógicas que lo completan y enriquecen su conocimiento (razonamiento automatizado). 

HUI! will help you with everything you need to start planting! What to plant? HUI! can suggest what to plant according to specific environmental conditions it measured and other characteristics, from the color and the type of the plant, to its nutritional information or flavor (e.g., suggest a red leaf vegetable, find me a low-sodium vegetable, tell me a sweet edible flower). The smart gardening assistant will deduce the best option for you.

HUI! te ayuda con todo lo necesario para empezar a plantar. ¿Qué plantar? Te aconseja qué vegetales plantar dependiendo de las condiciones meteorológicas de donde te encuentres y de otras variables que le puedes pedir: desde el color y tipo de planta que quieras hasta vegetales que aporten diferentes objetivos nutricionales o sabores. Por ejemplo: "sugiéreme un vegetal de hojas rojas", "encuéntrame un vegetal bajo en sodio", "dime una planta dulce comestible". Su asistente inteligente deducirá las mejores opciones para tí.

Imagine that you have to follow a low sodium diet and you want to grow just vegetables good for it. You pick up your smartphone, launch the virtual gardening assistant, and say (or write): Find me a vegetable low in sodium. HUI! knows the amount of sodium of every vegetable in its database, and knows that low sodium food are those foods with less than 140mg per 100g. With those two facts it automatically deduces which vegetables are low in sodium and it will suggest ones that you can grow successfully at home. It will help you to discover new plants perfect for your necessities.

Imagina que has de seguir una dieta baja en sodio y que quieres plantar vegetales que sean buenos para ello. Abres la aplicación HUI! de tu teléfono y le dices (o escribes): "encuéntrame vegetales bajos en sodio". HUI! conoce la cantidad de sodio de todos los vegetales de su base de datos, y sabe que la comida baja en sodio es aquella con menos de 140 mg por cada 100 g. Con esas dos variables deduce de forma automática cuáles de estos vegetales son los que podrás cultivar en casa de la mejor forma. Te ayudará a descubrir nuevas plantas que cubran tus necesidades.

How to plant? 

To keep the indoor plants alive and robust is not an easy task. Plants are like people, they need nutritious soil, right temperature, adequate sunshine and water for the healthy growth.

HUI! will give you complete explanations of gardening methods and techniques (e.g., how to plant lettuce?, when should I harvest?), so you will always know what to do to have the tastiest vegetables. What is wrong with my plant? HUI! will also help you to diagnose what is happening to your plant. Imagine that you have a vegetable and its leaves are turning yellow. It can happen due to several reasons. HUI! will help you take the right steps to solve the problem. If the environmental conditions are optimum and the watering is right, maybe the reason is that they have a nutrient deficiency. If the lower leaves fade first and then turn yellow, the plant can have a nitrogen deficiency.

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¿Cómo plantar?

Plantar y hacer crecer plantas en casa  no es tarea fácil. Las plantas son como las personas, necesitan nutrientes, la temperatura adecuada, la luz correcta y agua para crecer fuertes y sanas.

HUI! te dará una explicación completa de métodos y técnicas de cultivo (ejemplo: ¿cómo plantar una lechuga?, ¿cuándo debo podar?), de esta forma siempre sabrás que hacer para cultivar los vegetales más sabrosos. ¿Qué le pasa a mi planta? HUI! hará un diagnóstico de tu planta y te avisará si requiere un cuidado especial. Imagina que las hojas de tu vegetal están amarillentas. Puede ser por varios motivos y HUI! te ayudará a averiguarlo y resolverlo. Si las condiciones climatológicas son normales y la humedad de la tierra es correcta, quizás la razón sea que tiene una escasez de nutrientes. Si las hojas inferiores se caen puede que la planta tenga escasez de nitrógeno.

EXTRA: extension for using your HUI! in three differents plants-pots. Be able to cultivate three different veggies at the same time with your HUI! 

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Social Innovation

Almost as important as it is for us to have a great and useful device, it is equally important that we create a business that helps people in an efficient way. This has been one of our motivations in developing HUI! We chose the Wukro community of Ethiopia to develop agricultural projects. One of our founders, Gonzalo, helped out there last year and knows their needs first-hand. The project is headed by Ángel Olaran, who has initiated a lot of projects related to agriculture and sustainable development in that community.
Gonzalo (HUI! Co-founder) in Wukro, Ethiopia
Gonzalo (HUI! Co-founder) in Wukro, Ethiopia

Depending on the goals we reach during this Kickstarter campaign, we will launch the following projects in Ethiopia*:

*Remember: we are not an NGO, buy HUI! if you like it and you believe it could be useful for you.

HUI! has the potential to significantly impact communities and the environment. Here are some benefits:

1) HUI! users will increase the green spaces of cities.

2) HUI! will help reduce CO² emissions, as growing at home does not require transport or storage.

3) HUI! will promote a bonding environment for families growing vegetables together.

HUI! proyecto SOCIAL 

Una de las motivaciones del equipo de HUI! en su desarrollo ha sido la de crear una empresa socialmente responsable. Javier Juárez y Gabriel Úrculo coincidieron en la asociación de Bokatas donde charlaban y ayudaban a personas sin techo a rehacer sus vidas mientras compartían café y bocata. Gonzalo Úrculo viajó el verano pasado a visitar un proyecto agrícola en Wukro, Etiopía.  Los tres decidieron establecer un objetivo social como una de las bases de este proyecto.

Nuestra misión social es promover el cultivo urbano y apoyar proyectos de agricultura sostenible. No pretendemos hacer simplemente una donación y desentendernos, intentamos implicarnos activamente mediante la creación de pequeños proyectos de agricultura y un programa de educación profesional en materia agrícola para jóvenes. HUI! nos permitirá crear un punto de acceso a conocimiento técnico donde los usuarios aportan y se benefician de las experiencias de todos.

NO somos una ONG. Somos una empresa que busca generar un beneficio social a la vez que genera un beneficio económico. El fin social es parte esencial de nuestra misión como empresa y lo que guía nuestras decisiones. El generar un beneficio económico nos ayudará a crecer y a mejorar con el tiempo, podremos atraer talento e inversores a medio-largo plazo de manera que contribuiremos al fin social mejor, con más recursos y sin depender de donaciones.

What does HUI! mean?

Huerto Urbano Inteligente -in Spanish- means Intelligent Urban Garden, designed with one main goal: to make growing vegetables at home a satisfactory process. HUI is an electronic device developing with artificial Intelligent systems. The prototype was based on a micro controller; three sensors that measure light, ambient temperature and soil moisture; a WIFI module for sending the data from the sensors; and a battery.

TIMELINE

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Risks and challenges

Perfection and outstanding levels of customer service are at the core of our values and we like being frank with our fans and supporters.

HUI! is an innovative product and like all Kickstarter campaigns you will be the first to receive HUI! and be mega wowed, we are sure of this!!! When you see HUI! in your balcony, you must show off to your friends that you made the manufacturing possible.

Moving from prototype to production brings challenges at times. We are very confident that any emerging challenges can be promptly solved with our secret work formula: effort and passion.

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    Si te gusta este proyecto puedes contribuir a que se haga realidad! Te enviaremos un diploma de Agricultor Urbanita certificando tu empujón a que podamos comenzar esta gran aventura.

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    Reservamos otras 75 unidades de HUI! para nuestros primeros usuarios con envío a España. Lo recibirás antes de Navidades para que te lo regales a ti mismo o a algún familiar que quieras sorprender.

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    HUI! device + Adaptor for 2 extra pots + HANDMADE VERTICAL PALLET GARDEN
    Delivery in December 2015 (before the 18th)

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    RESTAURANT / OFFICE / GREENHOUSE DEAL (Get 10 x HUI! devices)
    Do you want to plant veggies in your restaurant? Or in your office? Do you have a greenhouse or a shop to sell the HUI!?

    (Regular retail price will be 800 €)

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Funding period

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