Keep killing your plants?

The smart assistant from Botani.st helps you succeed better in your gardening by making sure everything is as optimal as it can be.

Our small sensors constantly measure soil moisture, temperature and light. If your plant is running low on water, sitting to warm or some other problem we alert you so you can save it before it's to late. Or improve greenhouse yields by optimizing the microclimate.

A modular and open design allows for many kinds of both sensors and actor from us, makers and other 3rd parties.

So no matter if you are a hobbyist gardener, forgetful student or tech-savvy professional we think Botani.st is perfect for you.

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Designed for everyone

Getting started

No previous experience required. If you know how to operate your toaster we're pretty sure you can use Botani.st.

1

Choose your kit

The start-kit with wired sensors is cheapest and excellent if you want to try Botani.st in a single window or on your balcony.

If you only have a few single pots or outdoors we recommend going with the kit containing wireless sensors.

For the greenhouse enthusiast we also have a kit containing a wireless hub and more wired sensors.

We also offer extra sensors and hubs to cover your needs.

2

Unpack and connect

Botani.st doesn't really require an internet connection so simply plug in power to the controller and you are up and running.

To add a wireless device hold it in close proximity to the controller and it will activate and pair. Wired devices you just connect to a hub or the controller.

By default sensors are configured with reasonable values suitable for most normal plants.

Make sure to install our app on your smartphone1 so you can view and customize your setup.2

1. For iOS and Android devices
2. Can also be done using a browser

3

Kick back and relax

The sensors will now regularly collect data such as moisture, temperature and light and send it to the controller for analysis.

If there's a discrepancy between the actual environment and preferred environment the status indicator on the specific sensor will change color and a notification is raised.

4

Keep it growing

Via the app or web-browser you can adjust the sensor thresholds, create custom actions and much more.

If you are a maker you can create your own devices both physical or virtual that runs on the controller such as collecting data from your favorite weather site or controlling a PLC to turn on irrigation.

Connect your setup to our cloud service to reach your data from everywhere and get more advanced analysis tools and other features.

"A system that becomes like a little gardener."

Eva Halfwordson - Sweden Green House

What makes up Botani.st?

Open and expandable

As makers and open source devotes we believe that no system is perfect from the start and the way greatness is achieved is thru collaboration. When we began it was only natural for us to open up as much as possible of Botani.st for others to build on.

APIs

In addition to working standalone or synced to our cloud service our controller can sync to your service as long as it implements the proper API:s. We'll provide a stub server implementation that you can build upon.

Our browser-based interface and app communicates with the controller using standard web technologies. The cloud service implements pretty much the same API as the controller. Perfect if you want to write your own client or extract data into a spreadsheet.

Sensors & Actors

Perhaps you want to measure CO2 in your greenhouse, water temp. in your hydroponics setup or maybe controlling some valves?

To build a custom device you can start easily with an Arduino or similar and use our simple SDK1. All electrical specifications and protocols will be made freely available for building wired devices.

Sensors and actors operate with "raw values" so the processing part is run on the controller and you write this in JavaScript which can be easily modifed via the browser interface.

If you want to build a wireless device please contact us at maker@botani.st.

Virtual devices

If you have an existing network device such as a PLC you can create a virtual device to interface with them.

Virtual devices are run on the controller and can create outgoing connections over raw sockets or via higher level protocols such as HTTP. Like physical devices the virtual devices are implemented using JavaScript.

Open data

If you use our free cloud service the price you pay is that we make your sensor data and selected metadata available to others.

Why? Because we think this is hugely beneficial to have real world data that other growers and the scientific community can use for the greater good.

Controllers not synced to our cloud service however are completely private except upwards syncing of plant database adjustments.

"Wow! Botani.st reminds me to water my plants and can suggest to move a plant when it's too hot or cold"

Christos Coucoravas - PhD student at Karolinska Institutet

Meet Our Team

Claes Jakobsson

CEO/CTO & Co-Founder

A self-taught developer with almost 20 years experience and a dedicated open source guy. A love for food made him start growing herbs at home and at the height of that some 40 different kinds were grown in his windows at home.

Hannes Östlund

Chief Hardware Engineer & Co-Founder

The electronics engineering guru that loves orchids and hoya. Before his education in EE at KTH a year of education in gardening kept his fingers green. His electronics is not only on earth since there's a satellite in orbit with some of his stuff too.

You?

Engineering, Business, Marketing, Research?

We're always looking for people who love gardening and technology as much as we do. If you think this might be for you drop us a note at claes@botani.st. We prefer if you are based in or around Stockholm, Sweden but it's not mandatory.

Office

Industrivägen 23
SE-171 48 Solna
Sweden

Or send us a message

info@botani.st

At the center sits the controller

Botani.st is truly centered around our controller. Having a powerful central device that manages, gathers and analyses has allowed us to greatly simplify our sensors and thus make them really affordable. This has also allowed us to create a completely standalone product that doesn't rely on external processing in the cloud. That means you can use Botani.st where there's no internet.

Although it works standalone we do recommend you sync it against our cloud service. Not only does this give you access to your data from anywhere in the world but your data also helps improve our plant database and recommendation algorithms which in the long run helps you.

The controller provides a simple and intuitive interface accessible via your browser. Or, you can use our app available for iOS and Android.

With a powerful processor and plenty of memory it has the horsepower to handle your complete garden. It connects to your network either via a normal network cable or thru Wi-Fi. What if you have no network? no problem as it can act as an access point1 for your smartphone or tablet.

The controller has single port that allows for daisy-chaining of Botani.st compatible devices. Perfect so you can look after those plants sitting in the window where you have the controller.

1. Only for accessing Botani.st

Simple and extremely slick

Sensors and helpers

Wireless sensor

Our soil moisture sensor is of a capacitive sensor type. It's not as sensitive to nutrients or temperatures as simpler resistance based sensors. It works in most types of soil and soil replacement mediums such as coconut fibers.

Two temperature sensors, one a few centimeters below and one above ground, measures temperature accurately. The below temperature sensor is perfect for controlling optimal seed germination.

The ambient light sensor can track wether it's dark, indoors, overcast, sunny or in between. Since ambient light can change fast we make sure to sample often for accurate readings.

The ambient light sensor also doubles as an indicator for quick direct feedback. Flashing green, orange or red depending on status.

A small solar cell for charging and a built-in battery makes the sensor maintenance free. The sensor is so energy efficient indoor lighting is enough for charging.

The sensor is of course water resistant so you can leave it in while watering.

With a tiny size of about 35 x 35 x 12 mm above ground it is easily placeable and doesn't take focus from the plant it's watching over.

Wired sensor

The wired sensor is in many ways exactly the same as the wireless sharing the moisture, temperature and ambient light sensors.

By removing the radio, battery and solar cell we've managed to reduce not only the cost but also the size.

You plug these into either our controller or the wireless hub which provides them with power and controls reading.

Like its wireless big brother it's of course completely waterproof and can be left in while watering.

A jack allows you to daisy chain several devices to reduce cable clutter in your greenhouse.

The sensor has about a meter of cable and uses a standard 3.5mm audio plugs which is infinitely reversible so no chance of inserting it the wrong way. If you need a longer cable a normal 4 conductor audio extension cable should work fine.

The lack of battery and radio has permitted us to make it even smaller. At about 25 x 25 x 10 mm we believe it's the smallest sensor out there.

Wireless hub

The wireless hub provides wired devices with power and makes it possible for them to talk with the network.

A powerful built-in battery and recharging via solar cell makes sure it can handle multiple devices.

It's also equipped with a MicroUSB port for external power supply in case the built-in battery is unable to handle all connected devices during for example winter when there might be little sunshine.

Each hub comes with a number of ports to which sensors and actors are connected. Using daisy chaining it allows for, in theory, up to 120 connected devices but the actual number will be more in the range of 60-70 depending on the daisy chain length.

Like our sensors it is water resistant and designed for working in humid environment such as greenhouses.

Who watches the watcher?

A secure and reliable radio network

Botani.st uses a low-power radio on the free 2.4 GHz band. In free line-of-sight range between two nodes is roughly 50 meters. Indoors thru stud walls this is reduced to about 10 meters.

But since our network builds a self-healing mesh network where nodes route traffic via each other the effective range is virtually limitless. Mesh networking also increases reliability because if one node goes down the traffic can go another way to its target. Much like how the internet works.

Since Botani.st is not only designed to gather input but also to control it is important that communication is done in a safe and encrypted way.

Thus, to prevent eavesdropping and the execution of unauthorized commands, we encrypt all messages using AES-128 with keys exchanged during pairing. No more neighbours playing tricks on you.

In addition to our radio traffic being encrypted we also make sure that all traffic between the controller, our cloud service, your smartphone and browser is encrypted.

Accessing your data

Interfaces

All screenshots are from an early beta and may not be representative of final product.

Smartphone app

The smartphone App for iOS and Android compatible devices gives you instant access to all your plants.

A quick overview shows you a summary of all your plants and a priority task list with for example which plants that needs water.

Looking at a specific device shows you a overview of crucial values such as moisture, temperature and light during the last day. You can also select another period such as last week, last month and so forth.

Swiping reveals historic data and, like in the overview, you can choose for which period. With these graphs it's easy to pinpoint when it's best to water.


Early prototype. Not representative of final product

On the detail page you can give it a name and location. Wired devices with no own location inherits the location of the hub or the controller.

Once a week you can also rate the environment and we can use this data to improve the plant database and the recommendations we give you.

The app also lets you customize each individual value the device provides such as moisture or temperature or you can pick these from the database.

These are just some of the features in the App to help you succeed with your gardening...

Using a browser

You can also access your data via a PC with a modern browser.

A quick overview shows you a summary of all your plants and a priority task list with for example which plants that needs water.

Looking at a specific device shows you a overview of crucial values such as moisture, temperature and light during the last day. You can also select another period such as last week, last month and so forth.

Swiping reveals historic data and, like in the overview, you can choose for which period. With these graphs it's easy to pinpoint when it's best to water.


Early prototype. Not representative of final product

On the detail page you can give it a name and location. Wired devices with no own location inherits the location of the hub or the controller.

Once a week you can also rate the environment and we can use this data to improve the plant database and the recommendations we give you.

The app also lets you customize each individual value the device provides such as moisture or temperature or you can pick these from the database.

These are just some of the features in the App to help you succeed with your gardening...

Via our API

Our smartphone app and browser both uses the same APIs that are available to everyone else. Since they are open and documented it's easy to write your own tools to manage your Botani.st setup.


    $ curl https://192.168.1.103:8080/devices/list
    {  
      "ok":true,
      "Devices":[  
      {  
        "id":15,
        "name":"Rhubarb",
        "location":"South bed",
        "status":"ok"
      },
      {  
        "id":16,
        "name":"Basil",
        "location":"Kitchen window",
        "status":"warning"
      },
      {  
        "id":2,
        "name":"Greenhouse hub",
        "location":"Greenhouse",
        "status":"ok"
      },
      ....
                    

Plant database

To help you succeed with your plants Botani.st provides a database with recommended sensor values such as moisture, temperature and light.

Each week we allow you to estimate your plants health and we use this data to continuously improve our recommendations.

If a certain plant is missing you can simply add it yourself and remember to tick the box "share it with others" in the spirit of openness.

Once launched we expect our database to contain most common houseplants as well as different varieties of tomatoes, cucumber, pepper and many other vegetables.