By Drew Knight
It’s a beautiful summer day and you’ve just decided that the only thing your new home is missing is a few house plants. You get excited, grab your things and head to the local gardening store.
A nice store employee helps you pick out the perfect house plants, you take them home, find the perfect place for them in the house and everything is peachy and perfect, right? Wrong! The plants die within the month because they didn’t get enough sunlight, water or fertilizer. Enter The Parrot Flower Power, a sensor you can stick into your flower pot to assess your plants’ needs via alerts to your smartphone.
The Flower Power monitors and analyzes the four parameters that are essential to any plant’s health: sunlight, temperature, fertilizer and moisture. Whenever it senses your plant may be lacking in one of these areas and needs your tender, loving care, you will receive a notification on your smartphone (as long as it is compatible with Bluetooth Smart and the Flower Power app) on whether it’s time to water, add fertilizer or even repot!
But wait, don’t all plant types have different requirements when it comes to those four essential parameters? (Hey! Your green thumb is already showing!)
Rest assured, Flower Power uses a database of more than 7,000 plants to make sure your plant is getting just what it needs. You can check the Flower Power website to see if your plant is on the list.
As if that wasn’t already enough, Flower Power also uses real-time chart plots and logging to show you what happens when you water or move your plants. Did it thrive when you made the changes?
With a forget-me-not diary, you’ll also be able to get spot-on tips and data analysis to help you plan your gardening by predicting when you’ll need to water over the next couple of weeks.
Oh, and did we mention that Flower Power has scientific cooperation with universities and specialists in precision horticulture and agriculture? Parrot works with the top laboratories and universities in the world to make the results of this research more widely available, because tests have been conducted on hundreds of plants in the lab of Wageningen University in the Netherlands.
If this gadget doesn’t prove that we’ve made it to the future, we don’t know what does.
Here’s a quick summary:
- App: Free application for smartphones and tablets using iOS and Android
- Connectivity: Bluetooth Smart
- Environment: Water resistant, for indoor and outdoor use
- Battery: AAA battery, 6 months of battery life
- Size: 15x20x2cm
- Weight: 170g
- Contents: 1 Flower Power (available in blue, brown or green), 1 battery, 1 QuickStart guide
- Price: Around $59
Drew Knight is a Digital Content Associate for New Home Source.