It is amazing to see what iPad is possibly capable of. From time to time I stumble upon an interesting new product which comes from a 3rd party developer, which makes me realize that iPad is such an open platform which is still at the very beginning of development. Its practical use is pretty much limitless.
One of the unusual and very interesting products that we have recently reviewed here on MacReview.com was Netatmo Weather Station which comes with sensors and an iOS app, and which is used to show you detailed weather analysis of your location. In today’s article we are going to talk about yet another interesting product, which slightly resembles Netatmo Weather Station.
A product we are going to talk about is called Koubachi Wi-Fi Plant Sensor. This is a sensor used to help you take proper care of a plant by registering information like soil humidity, light exposure, and temperature control. After all these information are collected, they are compared to ideal parameters of a certain plant species, and detailed report is presented to you via an iOS app.
Now let’s see how this sensor actually works. Once you take out Koubachi sensor from its box, you’ll need to place two AA batteries into it (which are provided). Than you’ll need to visit official Koubachi web page, which will carefully guide you through the initial set-up of the sensor which needs to be connected to your home Wi-Fi network. This will take only a few minutes and is very simple to do, and after that you’ll simply need to stick Koubachi sensor into the soil. Final step is calibration, which is done by watering the soil and then letting it to dry out.
Before receiving any reports you will need use an iOS app to choose the plant you’re taking care of by using Koubachi’s Plant Cyclopedia which comes with over 500 species. This application is nicely designed, very easy to use and actually a lot of fun. It will show a cartoony representation of your plant, and after you click on it you’ll a detailed report and alerts regarding its moisture, temperature and light exposure. The longer you use this sensor, the more personalized data you are going to collect. Koubachi’s iOS app will tell when it’s time to water a plant, if it requires misting at the moment, when you will need to fertilize it, if the temperature is comfortable and finally, if there’s enough light for that particular plant species. As you can see, you can get a very detailed report.
Koubachi Sensor comes in two variants: for outdoor or indoor use. One sensor costs roughly $130, so I guess this is not a product you’ll buy just to have some fun with. But for those who really like to garden, this is probably the best tool they can use in order to keep track of various parameters.
Finally, it is important to say that those $130 are a one-time investment. Koubachi’s iOS application is completely free and there’s no subscription, which is always important to check with server-based services.