The Internet of (Living) Things
Korean tech company n.thing wants to connect people with nature using technology. They fear that more and more people in grey cities are being absorbed into their computers and ignoring the natural world. Many of us want to keep plants nearby for decoration, to improve air quality, or for food but a lot of us end up killing plants because we don’t know how to care for them. n.thing’s latest product is a smart and connected plant pot that should help users literally connect with nature and keep plants alive.
Planty is a Wi-Fi enabled plant pot with a lot of neat tech features, which isn’t something we ever thought we’d say about a plant pot. Planty connects to a smartphone app so that you can check up on your favourite plants while you’re away. Planty holds water in a reserve so you can water your plant remotely with just a tap. The app also lets you remotely check the temperature and humidity of the room. Alerts are sent to your phone when the plant is too cold or doesn’t have enough light.
Possibly the best thing about Planty is that the app uses all of this information to look for patterns that you might have missed. Every plant is different and it can be difficult to know how much water to use and how often. With Planty you get a feel for how the temperature and humidity is affected and how quickly the plant absorbs water. Over time you’ll be better at looking after your plant even if you had no idea what you were doing in the first place.
Planty started life as a hugely successful Kickstarter project and the backers have just started receiving their plant pots. Once all the backers have received the early versions of Planty and any reported bugs are ironed out, it will become available for anyone to purchase on the n.thing website. In the meantime you can sign up to a mailing list to keep up-to-date with availability.
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