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Pocket Botanist – An Android App: Technical Report

Tallon, Karl (2022) Pocket Botanist – An Android App: Technical Report. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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This project’s core goal was to build a polished android mobile app using Android Studio & Firebase. The overall purpose of this app is to provide users with a Plant Care app which can facilitate a multitude of features to help aid in the caretaking of the user’s plants, even for those who are untrained in the field of horticulture. Users can utilise this app to easily take full care for their plants. The app, named “Pocket Botanist”, includes the following main functionalities: Account Registration, Account Login, Catalogue your plant into your own collection, Calendar feature to track your plant’s needs (Watering, Fertilizing, Spraying), Search the Pocket Botanist Database for new plants, Using image classification to identify unknown plant species, Using image classification to identify plant diseases & infections. These image classification methods compared the uploaded image of the plant with the TensorFlow Lite models I created. There is also proprietary hardware which I designed specifically to accompany the Pocket Botanist app, this hardware enables users to easily monitor plant soil water levels. A smart, Bluetooth-enabled soil monitoring device is being planned for development in the future, with in-app integration also being planned. The main purpose of this project is to give user’s full control over their plant care routine & empower them with the necessary tools to become confident in their caretaking.

In this technical report I will be discussing four major topics including the Introduction, the System & it’s requirements, the Conclusion & then finally any Future Development or Research. The purpose of this report will be to demonstrate the Pocket Botanist from multiple aspects as to help audiences gain a better understanding of the project from several considerations.

The result of this report focuses more from the standpoint of conclusions, reflections, recommendations & the future plans more than purely a visual demonstration of the app itself & its accompanying hardware. As a result of this, this report will discuss the project not only from a demonstrative perspective, but also an explanatory standpoint too while making future plans to improve upon features. The initial version of Pocket Botanist is planned as a free of charge app with future plans for payment plan incorporations as the features & reputation of Pocket Botanist is bolstered, as well as future plans to commercialise the accompanying hardware.

The conclusion to this project is the first release-ready version of Pocket Botanist & the proof-of-concept hardware to accompany it, both enabling users to more easily take care of their plant collections.

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Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > Electronic computers. Computer science
T Technology > T Technology (General) > Information Technology > Electronic computers. Computer science
Q Science > QA Mathematics > Computer software
T Technology > T Technology (General) > Information Technology > Computer software
Q Science > QA Mathematics > Computer software > Mobile Phone Applications
T Technology > T Technology (General) > Information Technology > Computer software > Mobile Phone Applications
Divisions: School of Computing > Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2022 13:11
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2022 13:11

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