CES 2016: Watered down

07 : 01 : 2016 Plants : The Internet Of Things : Parrot

Las Vegas – Technology company Parrot has unveiled a smart plant pot that doesn’t just monitor your house plants, but waters them too.

  • The Parrot Pot signifies a move by the company into broader areas of lifestyle technology
  • Using a watering system that ensures plants don’t dry out, the pot is the perfect device for time-poor Rurbanites
The Parrot Pot, Las Vegas The Parrot Pot, Las Vegas
The Parrot Pot, Las Vegas The Parrot Pot, Las Vegas
The Parrot Pot, Las Vegas The Parrot Pot, Las Vegas

The company, which is notable for its drones, is branching out with a smart solution that is set to save neglected house plants everywhere. Simply called the Pot, the device detects when the soil holding the plant is too dry and automatically waters it, drawing from a reservoir under the soil. Using an app to program the Pot, the device can hold and look after about 8,000 species of plants, knowing which need lots of water, and which are suited to dryer conditions.

At CES 2015 Parrot unveiled Flower Power H2O, a water sensor that measures soil saturation, an iterative step in the creation of Pot, which counts French company MEG as a competitor among others. 

‘We have many different types of consumers,’ says Arthur Petry, project manager of Parrot Pot. ‘There are people who know exactly how to look after their plants, but many don’t but still want to enjoy plants in their lives – even if they are busy or travel a lot.’

As well as regulating water, the Pot also has temperature, acidity and light sensors, which through the app tell you whether to alter the heat of the plant, the fertiliser you use or whether it needs more or less light. Parrot will begin shipping the item from April for £68 ($100, €92). 

The Big Picture

This is a well-executed and simple example of how the Internet of Things can help time-poor consumers reconnect with nature in the Rurban Revolution.

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