Digging up some dirt on plant life
KOUBACHI WI-FI PLANT SENSOR (OUTDOOR)
iWorld Australia, $tocome iworldonline.com.au ★★★
GARDENERS regularly talk to their plants. Now, science has developed a way for plants to talk back. Is your pot plant feeling thirsty? Sunburnt? Too cool? The Koubachi Wi-Fi Plant Sensor will let you ask your favourite flora via the internet or alert you when conditions aren’t going its way.
This gadget arrives in an unassuming form— it’s shaped like the top of a golf club — yet it’s packed with technology. A sensor in its spike can measure soil moisture, while two sensors up top determine temperature and light intensity.
These sensors and its wi-fi connection are powered by two AA batteries. Users must also have access to an Apple iOS device to set the device up and access its plant library.
We tested the Koubachi with an outdoor lavender plant— a job that would have been easier had our wi-fi stretched further. Users will need to pick plants close to a router.
Once an internet link was made, plant care via the internet became a lot easier. The Koubachi app delivers updates on its moisture levels, whether the plant needs misting or fertilising, whether it’s too hot or has too much or too little sunlight (available after three-day and seven-day analysis).
The Koubachi app is not as stable as it should be, making set-up tricky, and our plant unhelpfully sent emails every two minutes when it couldn’t connect to the internet. After ironing out the kinks, this is an innovative and useful product for green thumbs and those who aspire to be them.