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Intelligent Plant Pot Will Give Anyone a Green Thumb

Posted By Cameron Scott On July 28, 2010 @ 5:15 pm In Gardening,Green Products | No Comments

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Being green is no guarantee that you’ll have a green thumb [2] — a number of us at Inhabitat will vouch for that! Although we’d all like to be able to grow a plant or two, the thought of an inevitable death at our hands is enough to keep most of us from even trying to maintain a cactus. But fret no more, a new pot [3]designed by 22-year-old Briton, Natalie King, just may be the solution to that black thumb. Equipped with a built-in sensor, the Tulipe Pot is a smart product that lights up whenever a plant is in need of attention.

The Tulipe Pot was inspired by King’s grandfather, who’s progressive vision [4] loss kept him from easily checking on how his beloved plants were doing. So to remedy his fear of under-watering, over-watering, and overall neglect, King ingeniously designed a pot with a built-in sensor able to send up an SOS anytime the plant’s [2] light and moisture needs weren’t being met.

While not yet commercially available, King is hoping to attract investors to gain wide range distribution. Although the lure of a foolproof gardening pot is tempting, we’re still a bit critical of all that added tech — simple ceramic pots are ubiquitous and much less energy-intensive to produce, and why not take visual cues from withering plants that they could use a drop to drink?

Via Daily Mail [5]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/28/intelligent-plant-pot-will-give-anyone-a-green-thumb/tulipe-pot/

[2] green thumb: http://www.inhabitat.com/gardening

[3] a new pot : http://www.inhabiata.com/green-products

[4] vision: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/07/14/adaptive-eyewears-adlens-provides-vision-to-the-developing-world/

[5] Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1298305/The-plant-pot-lights-needs-watering.html

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