To Indian origin students in Singapore named, Pratyush Bansal and Aekash Singh Gulati have developed a device which enables automated watering of plants to make sure that plants do not suffer when people are away from their homes or at a vacation.
Both the students are in class eight and studies at Global Indian International School (GIIS). Both the students are born in India.
Pratyush and Aekash says that they get disturbed whenever they see their plants in bad condition when they return from a vacation and decided to find a solution for the problem.
The students said, that they tested their idea at their grand parents home in India as well and the geography did not make much difference to the efficiency of the device.
Pratyush Bansal told PTI, “We have used a moisture sensor with hygrometer detector which has been connected to a two litres water tank and a water pump motor. A battery and a liquid crystal display complete the functioning.”
“So when the water tank is filled and the connecting pipe left in the pot, the moisture sensor detects when the water is needed and the motor pumps water from the tank which will have to be filled every two weeks. If there are multiple pots as many number of pipes can be connected to the device,” he added.
Both the students were also selected at the Young Innovators Programme at IIT Kharagpur to showcase their device and talent.
The students who are working on the device estimated the cost of the device at 9 Singapore Dollar (Rs 470).
Aekash Gulati said, “We are now trying to add Wi-Fi enabled circuit board to it with GSM module which will automatically link our mobile phones to the device and we can monitor watering our plants using an app and sitting away/far from our homes.”