An ingenious DIY kit enables potted plants to tweet when they're thirsty
These days, all the important news are posted on Facebook or Twitter. The trend has now expanded, allowing our beloved plants to Tweet whenever they're craving for some water.Apart from the fact that the new system is very useful in keeping our plants green, it is also considered a great way of preserving water while saving some cash, Crisp Green informs.
Botanicalls Kits offer us an innovative way of establishing a connection with our potted friends, via Twitter status updates we can check on our phones on a daily basis. The ATmega328 comes pre-programmed, but you can customize it to make the system display your own messages. Also, the kit comes with a 5V Wall Adapter.
According to its developers, all you need to make your plant tweet is a network connection (and ethernet cable), and a power outlet. The kit is based on a leaf-like electronic chip equipped with two metal prongs.
All you have to do next is to put the two prongs into the soil to receive the 'water me' messages. Best part is that, after you play your part, the plant will send a cute 'thank you' message to manifest its gratitude.
The ingenious system was developed by Kate Hartman, Kati London, and Rob Faludi. The members of the team have started thinking about a creative way of taking care of plants since they were studying together at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.
It seems that, finally, the result is according to their expectations. Moreover, far from being a high-tech kit destined only for lab usage, it has already been launched on the market. It can be purchased online and it is currently priced at $99.95 (€78.55).
For those who are looking for less complicated methods of keeping their apartment plants green, a self-watering planter can do the trick. In this case, the innovative Plant Pod launched by Alastair Crompton makes all the right decisions, helping us save you a lot of time, effort and money.