Flower Power gives your plants a voice
By Ben Coxworth
January 8, 2013
When it comes to plants, do you have a brown thumb? If so, you might be interested in Parrot’s new Flower Power device. Revealed at CES, it’s intended to be stuck in the soil of a plant pot, where it measures parameters that are essential to the health of that particular type of plant. When things are out of whack, it notifies you via your mobile device.
Flower Power specifically keeps track of sunlight, soil moisture, ambient temperature and fertilizer levels. That data is transmitted by Bluetooth to your smartphone or tablet, where a dedicated app cross-references it against a database of approximately 6,000 commonly-kept plants. If anything is not as it should be for that species – say, if it needs watering – you’ll be alerted to the fact.
The device is powered by a AAA battery, that should keep it going for about six months.
Pricing and availability have yet to be announced, although Parrot has reportedly stated that Flower Power should be released by the end of the year. If you just can’t wait, however, you might want to check out the similar Koubachi or EasyBloom devices.
The video below illustrates how Flower Power works.