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Wi-Fi Sensor May Turn Your Brown Thumb Into a Green One

Often I find myself wondering if my poor grandmother is turning over in her grave, watching several of her descendants grow up to be absolutely incapable of keeping house plants alive. My grandma was a biology/botany teacher, and had more flora around her house and yard than any twelve people should deserve. Unfortunately, only two of my generation got her gift, and I am certainly not one of them. I even managed to kill my air ferns, which are supposed to thrive on neglect. One of the biggest problems I have is knowing when to water. Some plants like more, some like less, and I have no earthly idea which it is. And it doesn’t really matter anyway, because I always forget for weeks on end, only thinking to water them when I look over and see their brown, shriveled leaves.

But what if there was a gadget that not only figured out when the plants needed to be watered, but would then tell me about it, and maybe even bug me until I did it? Turns out there is one, and it’s not all that expensive or hard to figure out. All you have to do is stick the wi-fi enabled sensor into the dirt in your plant, and it pretty much takes care of the rest, short of actually watering your plants for you. Just tell it what kind of plant you have, and it knows how much to water it and when. It also tracks your plant’s fertilizer, temperature and misting needs.

Here’s where it gets interesting. You can track up to 27 plants (using the web app…the basic will track just nine). Just use the sensor in each one for a week to let it figure out the best plan for caring for it, store the data, and move on to another plant. The app does the rest of the work for you, which means in a few shorts weeks you should be on the road to having healthy, green, happy plants in your house. Neat, huh?

The basic plan uses an iOS app (sorry, Android users), but the web app is available for all. This nifty little system can be yours for around $89.00 US.

Source: Geeky Gadgets

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