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Plants, like pets, need to be constantly cared for, but not everyone's blessed with the requisite green thumb. So, for those of you imbued with what we'll call the bad, brown touch, Swiss outfit Koubachi's got a cloud-based solution to sidestep those negligent ways and keep your window garden thriving. Dubbed the WiFi Plant Sensor, this wireless peripheral nestles into the soil of any potted flora or fauna, sending relevant vitality data off to the company's servers where it's then analyzed and beamed back to your handset (via iPhone app) or online account with care instructions in tow. You'll have to cough up £99 (about $156 USD) for the currently available European-only, golf club-like device, but that's about all -- access to the company's apps and services are free for users. So, if you've been dying to pull back the curtain on the secret life of plants or just sick of shelling out to replace your withering window collection, hit up the source below to get your order on. Official presser after the break.

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Zurich, Switzerland. 21 May 2012

Koubachi (http://www.koubachi.com), today announces that its award winning
Wi-Fi Plant Sensor, which takes the guesswork out of plant care, is
now available across Europe. Winner of the 2012 red dot design award,
the Koubachi plant sensor translates your plants needs directly to
your iPhone.

The Wi-Fi Plant Sensor is placed in the soil of any pot plant to
monitor the key vitality parameters of a plant: soil moisture,
temperature and light intensity. Using a built-in Wi-Fi module, the
data is sent to the Koubachi Cloud, where it is analyzed based on
scientific care models developed in cooperation with leading
biologists. The plant owner is then provided with detailed
instructions via the Koubachi iPhone App or Web App, to show how and
when to care for your beloved plants. One Koubachi Wi-Fi sensor can be
used to monitor and set up alerts for all your household plants.

"The Koubachi Wi-Fi Plant Sensor is the first device ever that enables
real-time monitoring of a plant's vitality," says Philipp Bolliger,
CEO and inventor of Koubachi. He adds: "It's been very well received
by the users and press since launch at CeBIT 2012 and we are happy to
deliver the first pre-ordered units to our customers. With production
fully lined up, the Koubachi Wi-Fi Plant Sensor is now available
across Europe."

The Koubachi Wi-Fi Plant Sensor has been designed to seamlessly blend
in with your plants' environment, whilst using cutting edge technology
that enables a simpler, yet more powerful plant care experience.

When inserted in a plant's pot, the plant owner is provided with
detailed care instructions regarding:

1) Watering: The Koubachi Wi-Fi Plant Sensor features a
best-in-class, high-precision soil moisture sensor providing unmatched
accuracy that ensures effective plant watering and prevents
over-watering

2) Temperature: The temperature sensor monitors ambient
surroundings ensuring that your plants are placed in ideal temperature
environments as well as alerting you when it's too hot or cold for
your plants.

3) Light intensity: The light intensity sensor ensures that you
know whether your plants are positioned exactly in the right place to
promote healthy growth and also alerts you if the plant needs other
light requirements.

4) Fertilizing: Based on the individual plant care model for your
plant species, Koubachi also provides you with timed fertilizer
notifications.

5) Misting: Some plants only thrive if misted regularly – Koubachi
knows whether your plant needs misting and will alert you whenever it
is time to mist your plant.

The Koubachi apps – which can also be used in basic function without a
sensor – are available for free, whilst the Wi-Fi Plant Sensor costs
£99 from http://store.koubachi.com. The purchase of the sensor
includes a lifelong free subscription to the Koubachi system,
including regular updates of the Apps (new features) and the plant
library (new plants). The red dot design awards praised Koubachi for
its high design quality and inspiring design language. To learn more
please visit www.koubachi.com

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