Ok here's the deal.. for one of our classes we have to "prototype" something innovative. What we're doing (our group) is a machine that will be able go in your yard, take soil samples and determine the amounts of moisture, etc that's in your soil. It will also determine your zone, amount of exposure, etc. It doesn't necessarily have to be realistic.. but we have to find out what minerals, or other things, that our machine should check for.
In the end, the purpose of the machine is to generate a report of plants/trees/flowers that will thrive in your particular yard.
Any help at all would be really appreciated!! Thanks!!