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PlantSitter babysits your plants when you can’t

Plants are easier to take care of than most pets, but they too must be fed -– something that’s not always easy. After all, people can’t always be home and, even when they are, they sometimes forget to feed their plants. Unlike dogs, plants of course don’t bark when they’re hungry. (At least, they shouldn’t.)

PlantSipatent-claimedtter is a soil-mounted, smart plant monitoring system that uses sensors to help owners care for their plants. If a plant doesn’t have enough water, PlantSitter will detect that and send the user a message immediately. The device also measures the nutrition levels in the soil of a plant by measuring the soil’s electrical conductivity (EC). By measuring the soil’s EC, along with its levels of moisture, PlantSitter can make an estimate of the soil’s nutrition levels.

The patent-pending device works in conjunction with a MiGrow app for Android and iOS mobile devices. PlantSitter gets connected through Bluetooth to a nearby smart device equipped with the app. The app monitors a plant by interpreting the received data and making sure the values are within limits prescribed for that specific plant. Data collected from PlantSitter are stored on the device maker’s servers and users can browse the info by hours, days and weeks.

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Pria lamp brings outdoor greenery to your indoor scenery

PriaThere’s something refreshing about being surrounded by plants –especially when there aren’t any bugs involved. Pria offers the opportunity to have live plants in your home and not have to worry about whether or not they are getting enough light to stay healthy. The aluminum or wooden dowels house an LED light that is good for 30,000 hours, and the entire product seems to assemble by snapping the magnets together in the appropriate places. For $125, backers get the aluminum version, or $220 for the wooden version with an expected delivery of October 2014.