Firstly - thanks Element14 and Sponsors. This is an amazing opportunity. As a first reaction, I am a little staggered by the enormity of what I have taken on. My second reaction has been to reach out to people I know for assistance and encouragement.
The environment has long been a passion of mine, and at the same time I have always loved gadgets and building things. With this project I can scratch both itches, and advance my own understanding of electronics, software and agriculture.
My initial plan is to get the help of a few people with enthusiasm and/or knowledge in the areas of gardening, environment, sensors, actuators, microcontrollers and software. Then we will probably get together and shoot crazy ideas back and forth for a bit, capturing all ideas. Following that we will give ourselves some time to digest everything, and I will create some kind of framework for us to move forward from that point.