John deere sp1a soil probe & receiver
An easy to install and removable solution for any size farm to monitor condition of land and resource consumption
Meant for older Agricultural scientists and analysts who are tired of carrying around larger
Area of Use
Agricultural areas where water is scarce and there is a lack of abundance of nutrients in the ground.
Importance Of resource Analysis
Agriculture accounts for approximately 80% of the US' water use
What is their carry?
Series of probes
What data do they need
Primarily looking to make a wearable that could make a quick on the spot reading. The technology was not there for an accurate and precise reading.
Decided to split the functions into two devices. One as the reader and one as the receiver. This allowed for the reader to have more advanced parts and for the receiver to remain light.
Moved forward on developing both. Using bio-mimicry, developed a shape that is meant to keep things stay in place such as with tiger shark eggs. For the receiver, moved to creating a secondary reader as a confirmation, to make sure all data is accurate.
Can it dropped into place as an install process?
Took too much to get it firm in the ground. It also wiggled around.
Testing distance visibility without lights. Was difficult to see after 100+ feet.
A screw design allowed for it to not be moved around by weathering.
Smart Trekking Pole
Series of Solar panels in form of a flower
Indicator light changes color depending on current conditions
Follows the sun based on set time
- This allows it to get more energy
Returns O2, CO2, H20, and pH readings
It acts as a receiver for the data of the soil probe
Secondary Probe reader for even better
Dual Screen for more information
Probe gets screwed into the ground by a tractor with a robotic arm.
Agricultural Scientist goes out and looks at the field.
Smart Flower comes out and begins recording readings.
Solar Flower follows the sun throughout the day.
Has doubts and checks with his smart trekking pole.