Parrot Flower Power
Requires iOS 6.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. This app is optimised for iPhone 5.
Age Rating: 4+
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.