Looking after house plants when you go away is a decades-old problem – leaving a key with a neighbour or watering them heavily and hoping for the best are two solutions.
Now, two new gadgets designed for gardening fans could spell the end of dead plants for good. The Parrot Pot and Parrot H2O are two connected devices that will water your plant when you are not there.
The Parrot Pot (below) looks like a conventional plant pot, but is according to Parrot is a “smart connected pot.” Inside are sensors that measure sunlight, temperature, fertiliser levels, soil moisture and water reserve levels. Pour water into the 2.2L reserve built into the sides of the pot, the four spouts irrigation system release water when it is needed based on information collected from the sensors.
Using the Parrot Pot, plants will be watered for four week autonomously and if the water level drops below it will switch to water conservation mode. The battery lasts 12 months.
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The Parrot H2O (main pic) is described as a “smart sensor” that sits in an existing plant pot. A screw-top 0.5-2L bottle filled with water sits on top acting as a reservoir. Built-in sensors monitor the amount of sunlight, temperature, fertiliser and soil moisture, releasing water as needed. The H2O can autonomously water a plant for three weeks.
The Parrot Pot and Parrot H2O work with the Flower Power app that enables smartphone owners to monitor their plants remotely. Bluetooth 4.0 sends information from the sensors (such as soil moisture, fertiliser, ambient temperature and light) to the app.
Using this information it’s possible to find how well plants are growing. The app will make real-time suggestions using its database of 8,000 plants, providing alerts if there are problems.
The Parrot Pot and Parrot H2O were on show at the annual CES show in Las Vegas and launch later this year, there’s no news on UK pricing yet. Find out more at www.parrot.com/uk.
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