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New PlantLink devices announced

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.

The original PlantLink nagged you when your plants needed water, but it was still your job to get them something to drink. With PlantLink Lush, you can add real-time, automatic watering to your smart garden. If a Lush soil sensor says your plant needs water, the connected valve opens up and your plant’s thirst is quenched.

First generation PlantLink base stations will need to be replaced with new versions to use with the new devices, but if you have 1st gen sensors they will work with the Lush. First generation PlantLink customers will be offered an upgrade, according to Oso Technologies.

The Lush base station will be upgradable over the air, so future products should continue to be compatible from here on out, according to Oso Technologies.

Manual watering and plant monitoring will be available through the PlantLink website, iOS and Android apps.

PRICING

The cost for the new devices will be comparable to the first generation PlantLink offerings:

  • 1 sensor $35
  • 1 valve $59
  • 1 base station with 1 sensor $79
  • 1 base station 3 sensors $145

Pre-orders start May 1 on myPlantLink.com, with plans to ship the products in late June.

THOUGHTS

After a clunky set up and rocky first week, I’ve been using the first generation PlantLink for a couple months now without any trouble. The problems I had were typical for a 1.0 device, and I’m very optimistic that PlantLink 2.0 will be a solid entrant into the smart garden arena.

A PlantLink Lush valve paired with a soil sensor should be a killer system for gardeners that want to completely automate their watering. Set it and forget it seems like it’s within our reach.

I would love to see PlantLink integrate with IFTTT so I can get my WiFi sprinkler controller to turn on when my favorite plants get dry.

PHOTOS

PlantLink Lush soil sensor
PlantLink Lush soil sensor. Photo Courtesy of PlantLink
PlantLink Lush soil sensor. Photo Courtesy of PlantLink
PlantLink Lush soil sensor. Photo Courtesy of PlantLink
PlantLink Lush valve. Photo courtesy of PlantLink
PlantLink Lush valve. Photo courtesy of PlantLink
PlantLink Lush valve. Photo courtesy of PlantLink
PlantLink Lush valve. Photo courtesy of PlantLink

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