This Scanner Documents Everything That's Going on Underground

By Casey Chan on at

Dirt is boring. Soil isn’t fun. Who cares what’s happening down there?Josh Williams changed my mind with his SoilCam, a waterproof scanner that’s controlled by a Raspberry Pi. He places it in the dirt so we can see everything that’s happening underground. Everything is so alive!

It’s a whole different world down there. Following the growth of roots is actually pretty captivating, seeing leaves and flowers decompose is weirdly fun, and watching all the bugs—so many bugs—pop up out of no where is neat. Please forgive me for making you listen to the music in the video, though.