Plants need sufficient sunlight and water in order to survive, but they also need a little love too!
Not everyone is good at keeping plants alive in their home, if you are a true green thumb, then you can probably tell when your plant isn’t doing well. But if you are not a green thumb, then you probably have no clue how well your plants are truly doing.
Well, there is now a ‘smart planter’ that will let you know just how well or how bad your plants are doing! The company Mu Design created Lüa, a smart planter that can transform your favorite houseplant into a virtual pet.
The adorable and functional planter will actually tell you the mood of the plant within it!
The planter can display up to 15 different real-time animations that correspond to the plant’s current condition. This smart planter is equipped with 5 senses that automatically detect moisture, sun exposure, temperature, movement, and a built-in QR code reader. When moisture level in the soil drops, Lüa will display the Thirsty animation. On the other hand, excessive watering can also kill your plant. When the sensor detects too much water, the smart planter displays the Sick animation. If the plant lacks exposure to sunlight, Lüa will show the Vampire animation. But when it’s overexposed to sunlight (which can also be harmful), it will display the Squint animation. How cool is this?
Basically the planter communicates via animations, letting you know if you should water the plant, or don’t water it as much, remove it from direct sunlight, etc.
Lüa can also serve as a cute virtual pet because it can respond to the movement around it. If it senses no movement around, it will display the Tired animation and eventually go to sleep mode. But it will immediately wake up when it detects a movement and amusingly follows it with its eyes.
This amazing smart planter is still a prototype as of the moment. But you can pre-order now on Indiegogo. You can choose from two different colors – eggplant (purple) and sunflower (yellow). Using Lüa is easy and simple. Download the Lüa app on your smartphone. Then select your plant’s family – foliage plant, tree, succulent/cacti, fern, flowering plant, and climber. Or you can manually set the exact type of your plant. After selecting the plant family, the app will generate a QR code that contains relevant info about the specific plant. Let Lüa scan the generated QR code so it can set the parameters. Then you’re all set.