Gadget Friday: The Easy Bloom Plant Sensor

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Scott McGrew:
Scott McGrewCost: $60
http://www.easybloom.com/

The Easy Bloom Plant Sensor is one of those devices that make me glad I cover high tech. It incorporates smart design, the Internet, and sophisticated sensors to help you figure out why your plants are dying.

So many times I see gadgets that either fail to fill a need, or fill too MANY needs (like the car GPS unit that also plays back MP3’s. What’s up with that?)

The Easy Bloom does just one thing: helps you plant stuff. You take the device, which looks like a large plastic flower, and stick it in the ground in your garden. It measures sunlight and soil moisture over the course of a period of time. You then pull the device apart in the middle and plug the now exposed USB port into your computer.

The sensor communicates back to Easy Bloom headquarters with your particular data. A huge database there – created by botanists – then gives you recommendations based on your particular situation.

There are three ways to use this. The best way is to put the plant sensor where you want to plant in the FUTURE. The device (and the database) will tell you what will grow best in your particular spot. Petunias in the backyard, roses in the front yard.

Alternatively, if you’re already trying to grow something, and failing, you can use the sensor to tell you what’s going wrong. Plant the sensor next to your failing impatiens, and it will figure out why your flowers are so unhappy. (too much sunlight, not enough water, etc).

Lastly, you can take the sensor around the house and stick it in various houseplants, and it will tell you right away whether they need to be watered.

The Easy Bloom will NOT measure soil acidity or fertilizer levels.

Scott McGrew
NBC Bay Area Business & Tech Anchor

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