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Repurposing Easy Bloom Plant Sensor


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#1 iKokomo

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Posted 21 December 2016 - 11:13 AM

I just got an easy bloom plant sensor cheap from a thrift store and when I got it home, I found out the website was shut down so therefore it does not work.
My question is, the unit itself works, and it has a ton of sensors and things that work in the unit, but since the software / website is dead, this unit is effectively dead.
 
Is there a way to get the data off of this unit so I can use it without the software? Is there a hack / modification out there that I can use? 
 
If not, that is fine, only 3 bucks, but it seems like a waste. It is a nice, working piece of tech that can be used by my wife in the garden if I can get the data off.
 
Thanks a lot! 
 

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#2 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 21 December 2016 - 06:34 PM

As you say you are not out much - $3.29 !  So if you open it up you will probably find either a medium size PIC chip or an Arduino inside it, most likely the PIC. Both of these are programmable. for an Arduino you will find almost everything you need at their home website -

 

https://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/Software

 

PICs are a little more complicated - more websites !  This is a good starter for the hardware you need -

 

http://www.microchip.com/Developmenttools/ProductDetails.aspx?PartNO=PG164130

 

And you will probably need JAL (Just Another Language) for writing programs -

 

http://justanotherlanguage.org/

 

The rest is up to you and your imagination !

 

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