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MacRumors
Jan 6, 2013, 06:51 PM
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Parrot (http://www.parrot.com/), the company behind the iPhone-controlled AR Drone quadricoptor (http://www.macrumors.com/2010/01/11/ces-2010-parrot-ar-drone-iphone-controlled-quadricoptor/), has debuted its new Flower Power project at CES 2013.

The system consists of a two-pronged Bluetooth monitoring device that sticks in the soil, and an iPad app. The Verge (http://www.theverge.com/2013/1/6/3843918/parrot-flower-power-project-aims-to-make-your-gardening-easier) has a rundown on how it works:
Simply place the Flower Power device -- which looks like a colorful leek -- in the soil near any of your plants, pair the device with your iPhone or iPad, and you can track all of your plants' needs from anywhere. Once you've paired the device with your phone or tablet, you can choose your plant from a library of about 6000 plants, and if you're not certain of your plant's name, you can search by leaf type, color, and a number of other options.http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/01/flowerpower.jpg
The app is updated every 15 minutes, pulling information from the device about the sunlight the plant receives, the ambient temperature, and the moisture level and fertilizer content of the soil.

When plants need attention, the app will provide push notifications, and an included graph allows for the long term tracking of plant health. According to CNET (http://ces.cnet.com/8301-34441_1-57562329/parrot-flower-power-uses-bluetooth-to-look-after-your-plants/), the tongs can be moved from plant to plant and the system also works with lawns.

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There is no word on a release date or pricing, but Parrot hopes to bring Flower Power to the market sometime in 2013.

Article Link: CES 2013: Parrot 'Flower Power' Monitors Plant Health over Bluetooth (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/01/06/ces-2013-parrot-flower-power-monitors-plant-health-over-bluetooth/)



ArtOfWarfare
Jan 6, 2013, 06:57 PM
I couldn't care less about such a product personally, but I get the sense that my neighbors who literally mow their lawns daily will care.

ALCRON
Jan 6, 2013, 06:58 PM
First thought was that it monitored a plants health instead of Bluetooh...if that makes any sense.

TMar
Jan 6, 2013, 07:14 PM
Ah, home grows can wirelessly monitor their cash crops.

Steve J0bs
Jan 6, 2013, 07:23 PM
One word: marijuana.

ghettochris
Jan 6, 2013, 07:24 PM
Ah, home grows can wirelessly monitor their cash crops.

but is the cash crop in it's list of plants? otherwise just pick tomatoes or roses and you should be fine. :cool:

Greg.
Jan 6, 2013, 07:56 PM
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AngerDanger
Jan 6, 2013, 08:04 PM
First thought was that it monitored a plants health instead of Bluetooh...if that makes any sense.

It, in fact, does not make sense.

mrsir2009
Jan 6, 2013, 09:28 PM
This article goes hand in hand with the fork one...

ArtOfWarfare
Jan 6, 2013, 10:07 PM
One word: marijuana.

Is that in it's database of plants?

Tha Professor
Jan 7, 2013, 06:28 AM
I am sure an alternative app will pop up that will have the correct information for different strains of the medical marijuana, so that your buds will be in a great shape!

macs4nw
Jan 7, 2013, 08:58 AM
Now everyone who has an iOs device, will have a green thumb. :D

mbc2237
Jan 7, 2013, 09:38 AM
If people need to get rid of money that badly, instead of buying any of this crap, just send me the bags of cash.