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First Look: Give your plant a voice with the PlantLink Sensor

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First Look: Give your plant a voice with the PlantLink Sensor

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It won't do everything for you, but it will give you some simple help to keep your house plants alive.

[MUSIC]. Hi, I'm Andrew Gebhart for CNET. Today I'm reviewing the PlantLink Smart Sensor. This plant sensor's job is to give your plant a voice, so that when it needs water it can tell you that. What you do, you place this guy near your plant in the soil. This is gonna communicate with the base station. The base station is attached to your router. Router goes to your computer and boom, you can check on your plant, remotely, at home, anywhere. The online setup is gonna ask a little bit more of you than the physical setup. You're gonna have to identify your plant type. The soil type, and then you actually get to nickname your plant. But the first hiccup occurs when you're identifying that plant type. The online database isn't gonna give you much help. There's no pictures. There's no plant information. So, if you don't know what type of plant you're dealing with, this online database isn't gonna help you. Once you're up and running, this device is gonna tell you the moisture level of the soil surrounding your plant. Then, it'll compare that to the range your plant likes. Again, it knows your specific plant type and it can make a very specific recommendation within an hour. Others, to give you plant-specific info, take a full watering cycle, about a week at least. By the time a full watering cycle passes, this guy's gonna have a full calendar for you ready to go with scheduled watering days. It's cool, and it does what it says it can do extremely well. They're gonna send you an email when it's time to water from the prospective of the plant you nicknamed. You're gonna get your own plant emailing you, humorously begging for its life. It was great motivation for me to actually get up and water the thing. All of this, together, costs $79. That said, additional links for this are only $35. Meaning, if you've got multiple things to measure, and you want that smart technology, it's actually a pretty good buy. The PlantLink might not be the smartest or the most comprehensive system out there. But it will give your plant a voice to tell you when it needs to be watered. And if that's something you need help with, the PlantLink might just be a smart plant sensor that is worth checking out. For CNET, I'm Andrew Gebhart.

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