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Forget sniffer dogs…we need to talk about spinach. The team at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) have been working to transform spinach plants into a means of detection in the fight against buried munitions such as landmines. Plant-to-human communication MIT engineers have transformed spinach plants into sensors that can detect explosives and wirelessly relay that... Continue reading
Earlier this year, I was asked to be a judge for the element14 Pi IoT Smarter Spaces Design Challenge. It has been fantastic to be involved in a contest where so many brilliant ideas were developed. The purpose of the competition was to get designers to use a kit of components that included Raspberry Pi,... Continue reading
Tom Bennet grows Nepenthes, tropical carnivorous plants that I know by the name of pitcher plants. To stay healthy they need a temperature- and humidity-controlled environment, and Tom ensures this by housing them in a terrarium controlled by a Raspberry Pi 3 and Energenie’s Pi-Mote starter kit, which provides an easy way to control mains... Continue reading
So then. Aquaponics. I’d assumed it was something to do with growing underwater plants. Dead wrong. My educative moment occurred at Disneyworld’s Epcot a couple of years ago. There’s a ride called The Land, where, after enduring a selection of creaking dioramas illustrating different US habitats, you’re taken on a little motorised punt thing on a watery track through greenhouses groaning... Continue reading