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  • Monitor Your Plants Using Your iOS Device via Parrot's Flower Power


    If you are one of the many people who enjoy having plants around the house or the office but are clueless as to how to keep them healthy, then you are in luck. Parrot, the company behind the AR Drone quadricopter, is working on a new product called Flower Power that will help you keep your plants happy with assistance from your iPhone or other iOS device.

    The stake-style sensor gets inserted into the soil next to a plant and monitors certain statistics such as moisture, sunlight, temperature and fertilizer content. This information is sent over Bluetooth Smart to a cloud-based server, which is then piped to your device so you’re informed when the plant needs water, food, or whether it needs to be moved to assure proper lighting conditions. The recommendations are pulled from a database after the user tells the app what type of plant they are monitoring.

    One of cooler things about the Flower Power which was announced at CES is that the companion app is capable of tracking multiple plants and sensors in the same environment, indoors or out. Parrot hasn’t provided further details such as the pricing of the sensors but did mention that it plans to ship the hardware and release its companion app sometime in 2013.

    Users who are interested in learning about how the device and app function together can watch the video below:



    The press release for the product can be found below:

    Parrot
    Consumer Electronics Show 2013

    The best technologies serving a smart way of life

    Parrot, a global leader of wireless peripherals for mobile phones, unveils the innovations that will be available in 2013.

    Every day, Parrot is exploring the new possibilities around Smartphones in the spirit of "Smart Living".

    For Parrot, 2013 will mark the opening of a new front, a new field of exploration: 'eco-geek' products.

    Parrot Flower Power
    • A wireless Bluetooth Low Energy sensor for your plants that will inform you on their needs thanks to a dedicated application.

    The smart sensor for your plants

    With 'Flower Power', Parrot is opening a new path of exploration.
    Parrot Flower Power is the idea to develop 'eco-geek' products.
    The project presented at CES 2013 is a smart wireless sensor – equipped with Bluetooth Smart-technology - and a dedicated application to help us look after our plants.

    Indoor or outdoor, Parrot Flower Power measures the factors that participate to the growth of the plant it is associated to.
    It measures sunlight, humidity, temperature and fertiliser.

    Data for each is transferred over Bluetooth Smart (low consumption) to Parrot Cloud, analysed by dedicated software and sent to a compatible Smartphone or tablet.

    Thanks to a library of thousands of plants, pro or rookie gardeners are informed of the needs of their geranium, ficus or tomato plant!

    Project name: Parrot Flower Power
    Date of availability: 2013
    Source: Parrot via Endgadget
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Monitor Your Plants Using Your iOS Device via Parrot's Flower Power started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 11 Comments
    1. iH85CH001's Avatar
      iH85CH001 -
      So im guessing its waterproof?

      Haha!!!!!
    1. xhazex9x's Avatar
      xhazex9x -
      Monitor my buds from work now...nice
    1. LittleJob's Avatar
      LittleJob -
      keep your plants happy..
      awesome...
    1. posrjak's Avatar
      posrjak -
      Zrevai thanks for the YouTube link that works!!!! Neat trick, can the article writers use it? So that YouTube works with this app?
    1. AUZambo's Avatar
      AUZambo -
      That's pretty flipping cool stuff. I'd never get one unless they're really cheap, but cool nonetheless.
    1. digzz's Avatar
      digzz -
      I wonder if they would have marijuana plants in there database. lol
    1. dimpoblimpo's Avatar
      dimpoblimpo -
      Quote Originally Posted by digzz View Post
      I wonder if they would have marijuana plants in there database. lol
      thought thats what its for lol
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Whats next a bed bug monitor? hahahaha! I mean really?? hahahaha!
    1. WithinTemptationFan's Avatar
      WithinTemptationFan -
      Hmm...now I can monitor my flower garden...0.0
    1. slayorktc's Avatar
      slayorktc -
      Quote Originally Posted by dimpoblimpo View Post
      thought thats what its for lol
      Would it work in a hydro/aero type garden?