There’s been a bit of interest in plant monitors here at The Gadgeteer. (Apparently many of you have better luck with plants than I do – even my artificial plants look unhealthy!) The Parrot Flower Power sensor is a new entry into the wireless plant monitoring field. The Flower Power was developed in collaboration with universities and agriculture and horticulture experts. It’s water resistant (IPX5 and IPX7, ultrasonic welding of plastic parts and use of Macromelt® and polyurethane gaskets) and withstands temperatures from 14°F – 131°F, and it’s designed to be “planted” next to an indoor or outdoor plant. The Flower Power sensor monitors sunlight, ambient temperature, water, and fertilizer levels; it uses a database of more than 6000 trees, vegetables, and other plants to determine when conditions aren’t right for your plant. It uses Bluetooth Low Energy to communicate with your Bluetooth Smart Ready smartphones and tablets (apparently only Apple devices at this time) to alert you of your plant’s needs. The Parrot Flower Power will be available in November, 2013, for $59.99. You can leave your email address at the Parrot site to receive notification when it’s ready.
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