Bluetooth flower pots bring smart tech to gardeners

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014. Filed under: Apps Environment Home & Garden Science & Technology
The new MEG flower pot sends color-coded alerts to the user's smartphone. ©MEG

The new MEG flower pot sends color-coded alerts to the user’s smartphone.
©MEG

(Relaxnews) – MEG’s next-generation flower pots, slated to go on sale in 2014, use advanced technology to ensure that houseplants survive and thrive, even when their owners lack a green thumb.

The technology behind these innovative flower pots was created by entrepreneurs Raphaëlle Seyfried and Franz Ezin through their start-up MEG (Mind Every Garden). The two inventors were inspired by the simple idea that if plants can talk to each other, they should also be able to talk to us.

Equipped with a four-liter water tank, the MEG flower pot waters plants automatically in precisely measured amounts. Furthermore, sensors continuously collect data on light levels and temperatures.

Gardeners can control the pot and receive color-coded alerts on actions taken through a dedicated app for iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Energy efficient, the pot goes into sleep mode between each action taken.

MEG hopes to appeal to urban apartment dwellers with its flower pots, which have a contemporary, minimalist design and take all of the worry and guesswork out of caring for houseplants.

The start-up will present its innovative flower pots at CES in Las Vegas, which opens its doors from January 7-10, 2014. MEG plans to sell the devices during the first quarter of 2014.

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