It all starts with installing Windows 10 IoT on a suitable device. I used a Raspberry Pi 2 (Model B) and installed the creators update of Windows 10 IoT. You should really get the dashboard from Microsoft: https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/iot/downloads
It is really easy to get Windows 10 IoT on your device. Here is a small manual https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/iot/docs/iotdashboard
If you have your Visual Studio 2017 configured, you can easy deploy to it.
I bought stuff from aliexpress. I had no rush, so saved a lot of money
I was inspired by this article https://www.modmypi.com/blog/raspberry-pi-plant-pot-moisture-sensor-with-email-notification-tutorial but that referenced to a moisture sensor for 4 gbp and shipping was also 4 gbp. So just the sensor could cost me 9,40 eur. Which makes it less fun, because the whole idea of a raspberry pi is that you can make an internet of things device with little costs.
I spend only 42 cent on the sensor and bought some male/female, male/male, female/female jumper cables too and even an hdmi to dvi connector so I could connect an external monitor, but never used it.
So I had to spend € 2,61 euro including shipping to get the parts for my Pi 2.
Connect the probe to the sensor with two wires. Doesn’t matter which goes where.
Connect the sensor to the GPIO
|VCC ||3v3 ||Pin 1|
|GND ||GND ||Pin 9|
|D0 ||GPIO 17 ||Pin 11|
this is a good page for gpio pins: http://www.raspberrypi-spy.co.uk/2012/06/simple-guide-to-the-rpi-gpio-header-and-pins/
I hit a strange bug with the UWP but fixed it, thanks to stack overflow, by manual creating a project.json file. As said, I was inspired by this article but that is coded in Python. My preference language is still C# and I wanted to try win 10 iot. So I rewrote this python code to C# and got this:
public sealed class StartupTask : IBackgroundTask
private const int SENSOR_PIN = 17;
private GpioPin pinSensor;
private BackgroundTaskDeferral deferral;
private const string SMTP_SERVER = "smtp-mail.outlook.com";
private const string STMP_USER = "YOURPLANTSADDRESSHERE@hotmail.com";
private const string SMTP_PASSWORD = "YOURPASSWORDHERE";
private const int SMTP_PORT = 587;
private const bool SMTP_SSL = false;
private const string MAIL_RECIPIENT = "firstname.lastname@example.org";
public void Run(IBackgroundTaskInstance taskInstance)
deferral = taskInstance.GetDeferral();
taskInstance.Canceled += TaskInstance_Canceled;
var gpio = GpioController.GetDefault();
if (gpio != null)
pinSensor = gpio.OpenPin(SENSOR_PIN);
var r = pinSensor.Read();
var dm = pinSensor.GetDriveMode();
pinSensor.DebounceTimeout = TimeSpan.FromMilliseconds(50);
pinSensor.ValueChanged += PinIn_ValueChanged;
private void PinIn_ValueChanged(GpioPin sender, GpioPinValueChangedEventArgs args)
if (pinSensor.Read() == GpioPinValue.High)
SendMail("Thirsty", "Plant needs water");
SendMail("I am good", "Plant is fine again");
private async void SendMail(string subject, string body)
using (SmtpClient client = new SmtpClient(SMTP_SERVER, SMTP_PORT, SMTP_SSL, STMP_USER, SMTP_PASSWORD))
EmailMessage emailMessage = new EmailMessage();
emailMessage.Subject = subject;
emailMessage.Body = body;
private void TaskInstance_Canceled(IBackgroundTaskInstance sender, BackgroundTaskCancellationReason reason)
I used the nuget "lightbuzz-smtp" to send mail https://github.com/LightBuzz/SMTP-WinRT
Have fun with Windows 10 IoT raspberries etc.