Meet Daisy — the new sensor and smartphone app that will allow you to better take care of your plants, and allow them to “communicate their needs to stay in optimum health.”
A month ago I wrote about the Blossom smart sprinkler system, and started the article thus:
Over the years of writing for the Important Media Network (and its previous incarnation of Green Options), I have been instantly attracted to good consumer technology products that make the environment a priority.
So when I was contacted about Daisy, I was immediately intrigued, and hooked.
Daisy is the answer for those of us who love our plants, and for those who wish they loved plants, but feel that they are inherently murderous by virtue of their track record with plants. The Daisy Sensor “gives your plants a voice so” they can let you know “exactly what they need and when.”
And as with any good piece of consumer technology that is branching into a new market, Daisy has hit Kickstarter. With 21 days to go (as of writing), Daisy still has a long way to go, but has every reason to succeed.
Jim Canyon’s company, Digital Spring, was founded 2 years ago, and over that time it has been developing and patenting its new soil moisture sensor. The company is launching several products directed to various markets — consumers, commercial farming, and golf courses, as well as a product for third-world farming through a partnership with nonprofit SEED.
However, the Daisy and the newly announced Daisy Pro (which is designed for larger plants and trees) are my focus (though if you are interested in sensors to keep your farm, lawn, or golf course healthy, you really should check out ECCO and ECCO PRO).
As the video above shows, Daisy is more than just a reminder of when to water your plants. It can help you learn about your plants as well, so that you are watering them when they need it, and learning when they need watering at the same time. Daisy can send notifications to your phone or table to let you know that a plant needs watering or is otherwise stressed — potentially avoiding all accidental “oh, my plant died, again” moments that have so plagued your life so far.
For those who want more information, you can get an idea of how much moisture your plant has had, how much sunlight, and the temperature.
And on top of that, each plant entry comes with its own wiki-entry full of photos and growth statistics.
Whether the plant is inside or outside, the Daisy Sensor will help you make sure your plants are healthy and watered.
So if you want to learn more about Daisy, or if you’re already sold and want to get in on the project, head on over to their Kickstarter page.
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