Recently a student researcher from the National University of Singapore wrote to me seeking my opinion about a project he is working on.
He is studying a gardening gadget from USA called Easybloom, and is thinking of redesigning the parameters of the product to benefit the gardening community here.
The EasyBloom was created for anyone who has experienced the frustration of not knowing what plant will thrive in a specific location or anyone who has been unable to figure out what is wrong with a plant that isn't fairing well.
Priced at around S$85, it has built-in sensors to measure light intensity, humidity, temperature, and moisture content in your soil.
The gadget has 3 settings - Recommend, Monitor and Water.
Place the gadget in a location you wish to grow something, let it sit there for 24 hours, plug it into your computer, and it will provide a detailed analysis of your planting area and recommend a list of plants, from a database of 5000 plants, that would thrive in that location.
Monitor setting allows you to diagnose problems with a particular plant. Define the type of plant you wish to monitor, turn on the device and place it next to the not so healthy plant. 24 hours later, plug it into your computer. The data stored in the sensors will give you a diagnosis of the plant’s ailment.
The 'Water' setting notifies you when you need to water your plants. More information can be found in this website www.easybloom.com
To help him in his research, I would like to gather some feedback from my readers. Do you think this gadget is practical, affordable and appealing?