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This AVR powered device makes growing veggies at home easier

Meet HUI! — the virtual garden assistant that’ll help your garden thrive with real-time environment condition updates and care instructions.

In the movement towards a more green and sustainable future, urban farming has become a growing trend in cities. However, these environments differ greatly from that of farm land tended by skilled farmers, and not everyone has the green thumb when it comes to gardening and plant care. The team at Grow&Help sought to solve this problem by creating a smart device that would alleviate the headache of maintaining healthy plants.


GROW & HELP — a company that aims to promote urban farming and sustainable agriculture projects — acknowledged the difficult task of growing plants, and created a technology to inform people on what soil and temperature, and the amount of sunshine and water that certain plants need to thrive. With HUI!, short for Intelligent Urban Garden or “Huerto Urbano Inteligente,” urban farmers can skip the grocery store and grow their own produce for a price as low as $50.

HUI! is a weatherproof, intelligent device, with a minimalist design, that’s simply placed into the soil. Its accompanying mobile app will indicate which plant(s) you are growing, and will send you daily updates and best practices for care, (maximum/minimum temperatures, daylight hours, water, etc.) and alerts if the plant needs attention. As mentioned before, urban environments differ greatly, so HUI! can also identify what plants and vegetables thrive best in your area at different seasons of the year. Ideally, the gadget would be installed in the place where you want to grow (garden, planter box, or pot), and after 24 hours, it will precisely measure the environmental parameters and inform you in real-time.


At the heart of the unit lies an ATmega328 along with a series of light, temperature and soil moisture sensors. With its Wi-Fi integration and the app’s artificial intelligence techniques, HUI! utilizes the knowledge of farmers and other users’ input, and pulls from a database of information to better serve your urban garden. The device has been developed with Natural Language Processing algorithms to be a voice-controlled assistant that answers specific questions about growing vegetables. For example, you can ask HUI! how to cultivate vegetables ideal for your environmental conditions, or for it to show you vegetables to fit your preferred dietary needs. If you start to see discoloration in your plant’s leaves, HUI! can even diagnose the problem and present solutions.

Are you ready to take on urban gardening on your balcony, terrace or even inside your home? Head over to HUI!’s Kickstarter page, where the GROW & HELP team is currently seeking $3,134. Preorders will be delivered as soon as December 2015. Single units are available, as well as bundles if you want to plant vegetables at your restaurant, office or greenhouse.

33 smart crowdfunding campaigns you may want to back this week

Every Friday, we’re taking a look at some of the smartest, most innovative projects that caught our attention on Kickstarter and Indiegogo over the last seven days two weeks. 



This open source, modular kit lets you build your own smartphone and give inanimate objects the power of cellular communication. Seeed Studio has already well surpassed its goal of $50,000 on Kickstarter.



This lightsaber-like wand helps you whip up the perfect cocktail in a matter of seconds. Magnified Self has just hit their $39,000 Kickstarter goal.



This remote-controlled, camera-equipped robot not only cleans your house, it looks after it as well. JISIWEI Intelligent Tech is currently seeking $20,000 on Kickstarter.



This ambient display reproduces various weather conditions according to the forecast. Ken Kawamoto is currently seeking $398,000 on Indiegogo.



These DIY race cars can be assembled like LEGO and programmed from your smartphone. Cannybots has already well surpassed its $40,000 goal on Kickstarter.



This embedded undershirt teaches you how to have the right posture. Percko is close to tripling its initial $33,571 Kickstarter goal.

Pebblebee Stone


This remote can be attached to any surface or carried on the go to text friends, control music, snap selfies and more. Pebblebee has already doubled its $10,000 goal on Kickstarter.

Robo Wunderkind


This robotics kit allows you to build your own robot, have fun and pick up some basic coding skills along the way. Robo Wunderkind has already well surpassed its $70,000 Kickstarter goal.

EasyDrone XL Pro


This modular, plug-and-fly drone can stay in the air for 45 minutes on a single charge. Easy Aerial is currently seeking $30,000 on Kickstarter.



This amphibious monitor goes wherever you go to measure your heart rate 24/7 — whether that’s while you’re resting, walking, running, biking, swimming or sleeping. LifeTrak is currently seeking $100,000 on Kickstarter.

The Crafty Robot


This paper toy robot is perfect for beginners — just plug it in via USB for 30 seconds, unplug it and away it goes. Ross Atkin is currently seeking $19,220 on Kickstarter.

See Sense ICON


This intelligent bike light packs anti-theft, crash alert and an array of other capabilities. See Sense has already doubled its Kickstarter goal of $36,836.

Forcite Alpine


This smart helmet for snow sport enthusiasts captures video, takes calls, streams music and more. Forcite Helmet Systems is currently seeking $200,000 on Kickstarter.



This system consists of a wristband that wirelessly transmits hand gestures to an LED display mounted on a bicycle or the back of a rider. Gesture Controlled Products is currently seeking $110,000 on Kickstarter.



This customizable LED wheel display will light up the night as you pedal. Balight is currently seeking $30,000 on Indiegogo.



This line of smart clothing delivers warmth without the bulk of multiple layers. Ravean is currently seeking $100,000 on Kickstarter.



This fun and adorable electronics kit grows with young Makers, from an instructional tutor to a friend they can program. Soldering Sunday is currently seeking $5,000 on Kickstarter.



This family of sensors keep tabs on your indoor environment and tells you when to make simple improvements around the house. Koto Labs is currently seeking $50,000 on Indiegogo.

Orbbec Persee


This camera-ARM computer combination is ideal for building 3D apps and making 3D-printable scans. Orbbec is currently seeking $40,000 on Indiegogo.

Knobbee 32


This ergonomic, high-resolution MIDI controller boasts 32 knobs and an ATmega32U4 at its core. Knobtronix is currently seeking $36,392 on Kickstarter.



This smart gadget plugs into your existing wall outlet, providing you with Wi-Fi, fast USB and an LED nightlight. Smartlet has already well surpassed its goal of $10,000 on Indiegogo.



This box will protect your network and any connected devices from outside attacks. RelaxInternet is currently seeking $11,196 on Kickstarter.

Strone Roam


This smart device enables you to make and receive calls/messages on your phone in another country while eliminating roaming charges. Strone Roam is currently seeking $50,000 on Indiegogo.



This small unit pairs with your smartphone for hands-free, voice-controlled activities as you drive. iCreation is currently seeking $50,000 on Kickstarter.



This connected menstrual cup enables women to track and analyze their biological cycles. LOON Lab is currently seeking $50,000 on Kickstarter.



This smart ring lets you buy things with a single gesture anywhere in the world that accepts contactless payments. Kerv is currently seeking $118,182 on Kickstarter.

NFC Ring 2016 Range


This embedded piece of jewelry can be used to unlock doors, mobile devices, transfer information and link people. John McLear is currently seeking $86,388 on Kickstarter.



This pair of headphones ensures that audio output never exceeds a safe level, while also promising optimum sonic quality. 16-year-old Kingsley Cheng has reached his goal of $25,000 on Kickstarter.



This rugged, portable solar battery will be there for you when you need it the most. SOS PowerBank has already well surpassed  its Kickstarter goal of $20,000.

Aquai Puck


This simple module attaches to your appliances and measures your water consumption. Aquai is currently seeking $15,000 on Indiegogo.



This tiny companion makes your digital life more convenient and secure by storing all the data you need to acces your daily services. Trust Designer is currently seeking $112,544 on Kickstarter.



This LED lighting system illuminates your beloved motorcycle or car with millions of vivid colors and animated patterns. XK GLOW has already achieved its goal of $10,000 on Kickstarter.



This all-in-one 3D printing starter kit comes with an easy-to-use designing platform, tutorials, materials and finishing tools. Filamate is currently seeking $22,387 on Kickstarter.



This smart gizmo allows urban farmers and gardeners to properly measure crucial parameters for growing healthy plants in real-time. GROW & HELP is currently seeking $3,134 on Kickstarter.



This breakout shield is a drop-in upgrade for 3D printers using a RAMPS 1.4 controller board. Jason Pasierski is currently seeking $27,000 on Kickstarter.

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