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Geeky Gardening Gadgets

EasyBloom Plant Sensor in the Flesh (UPDATE) (CES 2009)

— January 9, 2009 — Eco
One of the useful items being shown off at the CES 2009 show in Las Vegas is the EasyBloom Plant Sensor. Stick the prongs on the bottom of the device into the ground, leave it overnight, send data online using the built-in USB, and get diagnosis and recommendations from the EasyBloom database. As usual, Trend Hunter, was ahead of the curve, as Pearl reported on this device in November.

The video from CES 2009 explains more about the device, which is sure to be a big hit in garden stores this spring. Matthew Glenn, CEO of PlantSense, was on hand to discuss some of the cooler details of the EasyBloom. For example, the technology the EasyBloom uses to measure its data is the exact same as that used on the NASA Phoenix mission, which discovered water on Mars.

I have a half-dozen gadgets measuring my garden’s soil, light and water conditions. The idea that this can be done with one device that also interprets the data is just too cool. My garden is going to thank me with lots more fruit and veggies and my little geek-self will be very proud.