Arduino Tux plant care


Some of us need a little help keeping our green leafy friends happy. The Arduino Tux (translated) plant care system was built to make things a little easier.

The author had a broken tux toy laying around and wanted to do something fun with it. He cut a hole in the front to mount an LED matrix and connected it all to an Arduino. A couple of metal rods serve as a resistivity sensor in the plant’s dirt.

When you water the plant, tux flashes some hearts and a smiley face. As the moisture drops, tux gets less happy with the end result being a big frown.

These are the same people who brought you the Arduino Photolab.

[via Hack a Day Flickr Pool]

Comments

  1. ret says:

    that’s a led matrix, not a lcd matrix. that’s ell-ee-dee, not lcd. led != lcd. repeat after me. ell-ee-dee. ell-ee-dee.

  2. Caleb Kraft says:

    fixed that, thanks ret.

  3. justin richards says:

    and just where are those wires going?!

    poor tux

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