I have recently stumbled on an article that mentions how smart planters should have been already a necessary addition in any home, especially for people who don’t really like taking care of their plants (raise a hand!). But love to rip the benefits of having one or more. However, even with the tech advancement, there weren’t too many improvements in creating the ultimate device. It does everything perfectly.
This made me want to go in-depth on why exactly connected planters are not breaking through the market. There are companies out there who picked their brains out to revolutionize an industry. It all comes down to 2 decisive reasons:
1. One Size Fits All Approach
One of the reasons why other smart planters haven’t succeeded is because of the lack of knowledge and understanding. For example, some plants like to be watered before they get thirsty, others prefer that once they become thirsty. Simultaneously, the saturation levels also vary when applied to different types of soil.
Most of the smart planters are fitted with programming systems that overlook the fact that every plant is different. A One-Size-Fits-All is exactly the source of the problem. The devices we created with the intention of housing, every single plant possible even though the needs are significantly different. You can’t compare an Aloe Vera to a Peace Lily and you can’t grow any edibles in the pot because they have different setting requirements. Even if a sensor exists, it’s not enough if the programming behind it wasn’t correct.
Urbie Air is a device with a built-in program to create an optimal environment for 15 air purifying plants. Also, we can accurately measure the wilting point depending on the plant. The plants we use have almost similar needs when it comes to wilting and saturation levels. Users can also play with soil moisture settings through the connecting app to make sure that the settings match the plant’s needs.
2. Self-Watering Technique for smart planters
Many existing self-watering plants use a simple technique of adding water in the reservoir at the bottom of the plant so the roots can make their way down and drink whenever they feel thirsty. The dilemma lies in the fact that not all plants like to drink in this way. This method contributes to the formation of harmful salts in the soil. Unless the plants are watering from the top, the salts will remain in the soil leading to quick wilting.
As an air purifier, Urbie Air uses sensors that water the plant from the top to keep the soil healthy at all times. The device is filtering the air with the mix of Activated Carbon powder that comes with every pot. Another advantage is that the distilled water collected from Urbie’s dehumidifier system is cleaner and considerably much better in comparison with the tap water that has numerous residues and salts.
As we also know, distilled water is less rich in nutrients. This has been tackled by using nutrients pills or drops that can easily be added to the water tank every 3 months. By adding a compost layer over the soil using the food scraps from your kitchen, feeding the plant with the much-needed nutrients.
Perfecting the most optimal Smart Plant Device has been a work in progress throughout the years and the wait is finally over. Every trial and error test allowed us to know what a plant “needs” from us in its entirety. The future of smart plants has arrived and we are here for the entire ride.