Botanicalls have developed a 30 piece micro controller that with some soldering skills, is assembled onto a leaf shaped board and mounted on sensors. Through an Ethernet cable, the unit will post updates to twitter, letting you know when your plant is thirsty. It will even post a thank you once it is satisfied. Unfortunately, the unit isn't weather proofed and has to be connected to a power source and a network connection to be operational. However, the first cell phone came with a suitcase that needed to be carried in a car. Technology has grown in leaps and bounds, so to think that this gadget could revolutionize the way we garden is exciting.
|Wake up, your gardens calling you!|
Anyone interested can buy them through sparkfun.com for $99.95, a little more expensive than sticking your figure in the soil to check, but some people like their gadgets!