US-based wireless technology company Parrot has launched a new sensor that aims to help forgetful gardeners. Flower Power is placed in a plant pot and alerts the user to the needs of their plants.
Using Bluetooth technology, Flower Power sends reports to an iPhone or iPad when sunlight, temperature, water or fertiliser levels become hazardous for the plant. An accompanying free app also provides information for novices with a database of more than 6,000 plants and instructions on how to care for them. It even provides the option to search by colour or characteristics if the name of the plant is unknown.
The sensor comes in two colours and can run for up to six months on a single AAA battery. The device is currently on show at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. A retail price has not yet been announced.
For similar products aiding nature in the modern age, see Stylus report Home Farming: Urban Cultivation Made Accessible. Look out for more Stylus coverage on CES, coming soon.