A new service for use on mobile devices lets plants "tell" their owners in real time when they are thirsty-- and, for outdoor shrubbery, allows owners who are far from home to give them water .... immediately.
The creator of the Plant Link app "got tired of killing" his plants.
He used a combination of soil sensors and software that constantly monitor plant water levels and send instant alerts telling owners when the plans need water. Outdoor plants can be watered remotely using an automated valve linked to a home's water source.
The plant soil sensors take measurements every five to 10 minutes. The data they gather are then processed electronically, using an algorithm that also factors in weather conditions, soil type and geographic location of the plant to provide highly accurate advice on when to water the plants.
Users of the service can opt to "keep in touch" with their plants via text message, email alerts or by monitoring their plants remotely from a special website.
Prices for the package are projected to range from $99 to $150 and the first batch is due to be released as early as June.