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Title: Plant Monitor
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So I received this plant monitor from China recently, and finally had a chance to play with it / tear it down. I would be remiss if I didn't state my disappointment with having to register an email address (un/pw) for usage / access to the iOS app. Suffice it to say but it was a burner address. 
 
More details to come... 
 
Pics: 
 
In the package. 
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It's a little hard to make out, but I see no FCC ID's nor any Bluetooth Sig ID's. 
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Front. 
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Rear. 
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Battery cover removed. 
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Top side of board ... They use a Dialog DA14580 (cortex m0) for BTLE comms. PCB-trace IFA antenna is in upper right quad. Very top is a simple photodiode for light measurement. 
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Bottom side (with battery holder). 
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Closer shot of the Dialong BTLE part. 
 
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Not sure, but I suspect that this is an op-amp. I *think* they use it in the permittivity / dielectric measurement of the water content of the soil. It does NOT appear to be used in the Ion conduction (conductivity) measurement. 
 
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