The second generation of PlantLink devices were announced by Oso Technologies at SXSW in Austin this week. The PlantLink Lush system promises to automate your watering by using a soil sensor paired with a watering valve.
After a few weeks of use and many of ups and downs, I consider the PlantLink soil sensor a decent addition to my smart garden.
The promise of PlantLink is to “Never worry about over or under-watering again”. I was disappointed that the sensor only reports on moisture, and not sunlight or fertility like other smart soil sensors. But PlantLink says they’ve talked to plant scientists and they say “the most important factor in keeping plants healthy is administering the correct amount of water”. I’m willing to go with that.
It’s time to get the PlantLink soil sensor setup and in the ground.
I had a couple of hiccups during the process, as it took the soil sensor a few tries to link to the base station. Even so, I’m really excited about this product and the data it will provide to help me make better watering decisions.
I received the PlantLink soil sensor in the mail today so it’s time for an unboxing video before I get it into the ground.
The PlantLink base station connects to your home network with a wired ethernet cable. The base station broadcasts its signal to the sensors using the Zigbee protocol. For comparison, Parrot’s Flower Power sensor uses Bluetooth Smart and connects directly to your phone.