Parrot Flower Power

Peter Jordaan
20 May, 2014
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Parrot Flower Power

Link to: Parrot Flower Power

Category:
Lifestyle

Developer:
Parrot SA

Compatibility:

Requires iOS 6.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. This app is optimised for iPhone 5.

Age Rating:  4+

 Free


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Parrot, maker of the popular range of hobby drones, has released a new range of advanced plant sensors that can be easily programmed by anyone.

Available in a range of colours, the Parrot Flower Poweris a smart wireless sensor, designed to be inserted close to a plant, either in containers or in open ground. It precisely measures, in real time, the crucial parameters for the growth of plants (soil moisture, fertiliser, ambient temperature and light intensity) and can issue alerts to a smartphone via a dedicated application.

After creating a user account, you simply select the plant to be monitored from a library of nearly 7000 plants, fruits and vegetables (created by expert botanists) and associate it to the sensor.

An ‘Agenda’ feature on the app outlines any actions required for coming days, such as watering or the addition of fertiliser.Parrot Flower Power employs the IFTTT service (pronounced ‘ift’), which enables users to connect different online applications together and issue programmed commands through simple conditional statements (nicknamed ‘recipes’ in IFTTT-speak), employing a ‘If This, Then That’ protocol.

While you can make your own IFTTT recipes, the IFTTT website offers hundreds of user-shared recipes for different applications, and those for the Parrot Flower Power can be found here.

For more information on Parrot Flower Power visit: www.parrot.com/flowerpower.

This article first appeared on Macworld Australia‘s sister site, FM magazine.

 

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  1. MrJimski says:

    I was sent this product by Parrot to try out. Overall, the product was reasonable. The set-up was simple, connecting via Bluetooth to gain updates was also easy and the instructions for improving the condition of your plant are good.

    Unfortunately, the product appears to be suited to the purpose of only tracking the vital signs of a single plant, which makes it less useful. The vital signs, although connected to Parrot’s own database of plant details, do not seem terribly reliable either. For instance, the plant I tired it with was shown to be lacking sunlight, which would be reasonable until it is considered that the plant has been successfully growing in the exact same location for more than eight years.

    If you have a very special plant and also love data this is the product for you. If you not, this may not suit your needs.

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