“The Flower Power measures roughly eight inches long, with most of the hardware taking the form of a thin, spiked sensor that lives underground. The top section looks a bit like a sprout with two branches, the longest of which houses a sunlight sensor to measure how much light your plant is getting each day. There’s also a temperature sensor in both the top and bottom of the device, allowing you to track the temperature in both the soil and the surrounding air.”
At $60 each, and using Bluetooth (relatively short range) for connection, the target market for this device is people with a deck, window-box, attached greenhouse, or small garden close at hand, of whom there are millions. The price, the connectivity, and the need for a mobile app make it not well suited for commercial operations. On the other hand, the design is intriguing, and the combination of sensors well-chosen. I hope they sell well enough to encourage Parrot to follow this product with iterative improvements and others in a similar vein.
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