Growing plants can be soothing for anyone, but not everybody knows how to take care of a plant, when to water it, what temperature to keep it on, and so forth. If you don’t want to research each and every kind of tomato, cactus, or orchid out there, some very industrious people in Switzerland are willing to give you a helping hand.
The Koubachi WiFi Plant Sensor provides a new and easy way to become a “professional gardener” at the flick of a switch. You only need to spend about a hundred bucks on the sensor and, sigh, an iPhone. Unfortunately, the sensor has not been yet made to work with Android-based devices, but that’s not a reason to ignore a breakthrough, now is it?
And if you don’t think that Kabouchi represents a breakthrough or at least an innovation, just because it involves plants and gardening, you, my friends, are very, very wrong! The sensor can help you care for around 135 species of plants. All you have to do is place it in the soil of a potted plant, fire up the free app, and you'll immediately begin receiving information on the well-being of your green friends.
If you don’t have an iPhone, there is another way to use the sensor – you can receive the information via an online account that you can check on your computer or any other gadget.
Among the data you’ll receive, there’ll be instructions on watering, temperature, light intensity, fertilizing and misting, all of these being essential for your plants’ development and health, according to Koubachi. As a fun fact, we should tell you that, if the company’s officials are correct, over-watering is the number one reason why amateur gardeners kill their plants. Now you know.
As far as pricing goes, the sensor doesn’t come exactly cheap, but it might prove worthwhile for serious gardeners that want to ensure that their precious plants are safe. You can get all the details from the Koubachi online store. Its current price is €122.60 (around $150), including VAT and shipping, for European buyers, and €130.00 ($163), with all expenses, for US tech enthusiasts/amateur gardeners.
The development of the sensor has taken Phillipp Bolliger, Koubachi’s CEO, and his crew, about three years, and there are plans to make it work with more species very soon. The company also intends to start selling the device through local retailers in the US and Canada in the future, but no official date has been announced.
Check out the full press release announcing the launch of this new innovative device below and don’t forget to hit us with a comment and let us know what you think of Koubachi’s WiFi Plant Sensor. Do you plan on purchasing one anytime soon? Or do you feel you can monitor your plants without any “specialized help”?
The Wi-Fi Plant Sensor is placed in the soil of any pot plant to
monitor the key vitality parameters of a plant: soil moisture,
temperature and light intensity. Using a built-in Wi-Fi module, the
data is sent to the Koubachi Cloud, where it is analyzed based on
scientific care models developed in cooperation with leading
biologists. The plant owner is then provided with detailed
instructions via the Koubachi iPhone App or Web App, to show how and
when to care for your beloved plants. One Koubachi Wi-Fi sensor can be
used to monitor and set up alerts for all your household plants.
“The Koubachi Wi-Fi Plant Sensor is the first device ever that enables
real-time monitoring of a plant's vitality,” says Philipp Bolliger,
CEO and inventor of Koubachi. He adds: “It's been very well received
by the users and press since launch at CeBIT 2012 and we are happy to
deliver the first pre-ordered units to our customers. With production
fully lined up, the Koubachi Wi-Fi Plant Sensor is now available
The Koubachi Wi-Fi Plant Sensor has been designed to seamlessly blend
in with your plants' environment, whilst using cutting edge technology
that enables a simpler, yet more powerful plant care experience.
When inserted in a plant's pot, the plant owner is provided with
detailed care instructions regarding:
1) Watering: The Koubachi Wi-Fi Plant Sensor features a
best-in-class, high-precision soil moisture sensor providing unmatched
accuracy that ensures effective plant watering and prevents
2) Temperature: The temperature sensor monitors ambient
surroundings ensuring that your plants are placed in ideal temperature
environments as well as alerting you when it's too hot or cold for
3) Light intensity: The light intensity sensor ensures that you
know whether your plants are positioned exactly in the right place to
promote healthy growth and also alerts you if the plant needs other
4) Fertilizing: Based on the individual plant care model for your
plant species, Koubachi also provides you with timed fertilizer
5) Misting: Some plants only thrive if misted regularly – Koubachi
knows whether your plant needs misting and will alert you whenever it
is time to mist your plant.
The Koubachi apps – which can also be used in basic function without a
sensor – are available for free, whilst the Wi-Fi Plant Sensor costs
£99 from http://store.koubachi.com. The purchase of the sensor
includes a lifelong free subscription to the Koubachi system,
including regular updates of the Apps (new features) and the plant
library (new plants). The red dot design awards praised Koubachi for
its high design quality and inspiring design language. To learn more
please visit www.koubachi.com