Koubachi Plant Sensor: Tells you what your plants are thinking

By Naomi Mackay,

It’s that time of year when thoughts turn to gardening – the most famous flower show in the year at Chelsea has just ended and the Royal Horticultural Society’s programme of flower shows is in full swing.

But do you ever wonder why that generic houseplant on the windowsill always looks so sickly, or why you can’t get your plant to produce just one flower?

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Maybe the Koubachi Plant Sensor could come to the rescue – it promises to let you know what your plant really needs, thanks to a Wi-Fi Plant Sensor, that is placed in the soil around the plant, and an iPhone app.

Sounds a tad over the top to us, but it did win the 2012 Red Dot Design award, so surely must have some merit.

Let’s find out some more…

The built-in Wi-Fi module within the plant sensor enables data to be sent to the Koubachi Cloud, where it is analysed based on scientific care models developed in cooperation with leading biologists. Then, the detailed instructions on how to care for your plant will be sent to you via the Koubachi iPhone App or Web App. One Koubachi Wi-Fi sensor can be used to monitor and set up alerts for all your household plants.

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The sensor can monitor all your plants needs including:

1) Watering: the moisture sensor ensures effective plant watering and prevents over-watering.

2) Temperature: The temperature sensor monitors ambient surroundings ensuring that your plants are placed in ideal temperature environments and will let you now if it is too cold or hot.

3) Light intensity: The light intensity sensor ensures that you know whether your plants are in the right place to promote healthy growth.

4) Fertilising: Based on the individual plant care model for your plant species, Koubachi gives timed fertiliser notifications.

5) Misting: Some plants only thrive if misted regularly – Koubachi knows whether your plant needs misting and will tell you.

And where does the name come from? Back in the time when the founders were looking for a name, they made an analogy to the once-famous Tamagotchi – as they thought it quickly explains the concept in a nutshell. They learned that -chi is the diminutive in Japan. They looked up what plant means in Japanese – apparently Kouba – and then created Koubachi.

Can we look forward to any other gadgets from the same designers? Aparently so, they told us: “We believe in our vision of an internet of things. We are already working on subsequent product ideas drawing on our platform. An idea could be an interactive “room climate sensor” (with humidity, noise sensor etc.) which is quite close to the current product. Other ideas are an interactive “wine cellar sensor”, a “terrarium sensor” or a sensor to help you take care of your pool.”

The Koubachi apps can also be used without a sensor. They are free but the Wi-Fi Plant Sensor costs £99 from http://store.koubachi.com, which includes a lifelong free subscription to the Koubachi system, including regular updates of the apps and the plant library.

More at www.Koubachi.com