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Week 17


The artificial affects our future and the catastrophic state of our planet.

Everything we project and the way we construct it, is the cause and consequence of the way we act and think.

what will it do?

Plant.Air is a plant pot with a CO2 sensor that indicates whether the air we breathe indoor is favorable or harmful to our health.

Indoor air quality is a determining factor for public health and plays an important role in the comfort of the human being.

Plants as well as being harmonious and decorative elements, giving us oxygen to breathe and remove toxic substances from the air, acting as natural filters and making the air healthier for humans.

The aim of Plant.Air is to raise awareness and awareness of the population about the problem of air quality inside spaces and to make it work.

who's done what beforehand?

There are appliances that measure the Co2 inside. However there is no device that connects plants to the need to control Co2 inside our homes.

This project is innovative because its about the indoor air pollution problem, and using plants as a booster to reduce CO2 and improve the air we breathe.

what materials and components will be required?

Simple materials such as plastics, wood and acrylics will be used, which will be worked following the processes learned and used in the previous weeks.

The electronic boards will be produced from copper boards also by the processes used during the previous weeks.

where will they come from?

  • I will make the physical elements (box + plant pot) in Fablab using computer-controlled cutting, 3d printing and composites.
  • I used the weeks of electronics design, input, output and networking to make the boards that I will use in my project.
  • The application will be developed by me, from Mit appinventor2.
  • how much will it cost?

    The project will be cost-effective as it will be developed in FabLab.

    The price is in the raw materials used.

    what parts and systems will be made?

    Physical element - plant pot

  • wooden box
  • plant pot made of plastic

  • Electronic system

  • board with CO2 sensor
  • wifi module
  • LEDs
  • battery

  • Mobile app

  • The App will connect you to the plant. In the application will give the information emitted by the Co2 sensor relative to the air quality in the certain space.
  • what processes will be used?

    I will use many of the processes used in previous weeks, such as:

  • Computer-controlled cutting
  • 3D Printing
  • Production and electronic design
  • Embedded programming
  • Production of composites
  • Interface and application programming

  • My project does not include:

  • Mechanical and kinetic design
  • what questions need to be answered?

    Will Plan.Air will raise public awareness of the need to control the air quality indoor?

    Will people see utility in using Plant.Air to realize and improve the quality of the air they breathe?

    Is the design attractive to be used indoors?

    Are the components manufactured in FabLab durable and reliable?

    Will the connection of the Co2 sensor to the Application from Wifi work?

    what is the schedule?

  • Project and design the plant pot structures
  • CNC cut and box assembly
  • Manufacture of plant pot from textile fibers and resin
  • Test and use

  • Eletronic production of the co2 board and wifi module
  • Programming the co2 board
  • Verify and test the connectivity of the wifi module
  • Programming all the electronic system (so that it functions autonomously)
  • Test and Calibration of the sensors

  • Design and development of APP
  • Test UX - User Experience Design and UI - User Interface Design User experience

  • Place and protect the electronic system inside the box.
  • Real-time test and validation

  • What tasks need to be completed?

    I need to complete week 15 regarding networking communications, where I'm adding a wifi module to apply in my final project.

    I already made several attempts to be able to communicate with the wifi module but I could not. As a temporary alternative I used a wifi for arduino. But I will not give up and I will continue to try to run my ESP2866.

    APP week16, although it is done, used the same wifi for arduino, so when my ESP is working, I will make the changes and update correctly.

    how still it be evaluated?

  • Is the design interesting from the fabacademy's point of view?
  • It works?
  • Is it possible to check the concentration of CO2 indoor?
  • Co2 sensor is working?
  • Does the app show the results?
  • BOM - Materials used on Plant.air project

    Materials used:

  • 10 unid. Copper sheet (2€ each)
  • MDF - Medium Density Fiberboard with 3mm (5€ each)
  • Silicone, resin, plastic for molds
  • Plant

  • Eletronic components used:

  • 1 uni. Attiny 44
  • 1 uni. Esp2866 12e
  • 1 uni. Voltage regulator (5V to 3V)
  • 1 uni. mq135 sensor
  • 4 LEDS
  • battery 4.5 volts
  • 4 uni. Resistor 10Ohm
  • 4 uni. Resistor 0kOhm
  • 2 uni. Resistor 10KOhm
  • 2 uni. Capacitor 10uF