Starting today, you can purchase the Edyn Garden Sensor online from Home Depot. Once it arrives, you place Edyn in the dirt near your plant. Then, the attractive sensor designed by Yves Behar's Fuseproject studio can send you readings on soil nutrition, ambient light, and temperature over Wi-Fi so you can better care for your garden. You can buy it now for $100, and download the app for free to your iOS or Android device.
I've been excited about Edyn since it launched a Kickstarter campaign last year. Yes, it looks great. Yves Behar's a hot name in tech design and helped craft the look of wearables from Jawbone and smart home gadgets like the August Smart Lock . The Edyn Garden Sensor also has an impressive list of specs that should help it compete well against existing smart sensors. The first product from a startup of the same name, Edyn should measure everything you need to keep your plants healthy and can send that info to you anywhere you might be.
Edyn also measures more criteria than its competition, specifically the $60 Parrot Flower Power , by including a humidity sensor along with the rest. With Parrot, you can only receive data over Bluetooth, so you have to be relatively close to get updates from your plants. Since Edyn uses Wi-Fi, you can check in and get relevant push notifications wherever you are.
Edyn's sensor is also supposedly waterproof and fertilizer-proof, and it uses a solar panel to help its rechargeable lithium batteries last for years. The $99 Koubachi Wi-Fi sensor isn't weather-proof. The $130 outdoor version of the Koubachi sensor is, but neither the indoor nor the outdoor version measures fertilizer or uses solar power.
Rounding out its bag of tricks, the Edyn Garden Sensor will be able to communicate with the Edyn Water Valve -- a $60 device due out this fall. When your plants need a drink, you can let Edyn turn on your sprinkler for you.
Still, $100 is a lot for a garden tool. Edyn looks to be quite useful, and promises features that could make it the best garden sensor yet. It'll need to deliver readings from your plant accurately and quickly, and have an easy to use app interface as well as a helpful database of plants to live up to the hype and be worth the money. Since it's now on sale, expect a review shortly.