Sensor-equipped plant pods take the guesswork out of indoor gardening

Billy Steele
B. Steele|10.05.15

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Sensor-equipped plant pods take the guesswork out of indoor gardening

Have you been thinking about trying your hand at gardening, but lack the green thumb to keep those plants alive? There's a new Kickstarter project that may be able to lend a hand. Plug & Plant is a wall-mounted system of pods that not only neatly organizes the indoor plants, but each one is equipped with Bluetooth room, humidity and light sensors. That tech gathers data from the environment and offers tips for optimum plant growth. A Smart Water Tank also uses the collected info to vary the watering regimen as needed for up to 30 days. Details are beamed to a companion app that displays the stats for each senor independently as well as analyzes the data and providing suggestions for care.

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The Plug & Plant is also a modular setup with panels that house expandable pods to make a larger display of foliage. If you're concerned about dirt, the system doesn't use any. Instead, it employs biodegradable biofoam that allows the plants' roots to spread in a similar manner that regular ol' soil provides. There's 30 different plants to choose from, ranging from lettuces and herbs to peppers and tomatoes. To snag your kit, the beginner package will set you back $49 while you'll want to fork over $189 if you're looking for one that includes that handy watering system. Plug & Plant is scheduled to ship next May.

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