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Pot Sends S.O.S. Signals for Distressed Plant

by Rathi Manohar on July 30, 2010 at 3:44 PM
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Pot Sends S.O.S. Signals for Distressed Plant

Designed by a young British woman, a pot can send out signals whenever the plant needs help.

Natalie King's 'Tulipe' pot glows bright red at the base when its sensors detect that temperature, light or moisture are not at optimum levels.

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Although the pot has not the hit the stores yet, Natalie, 22, hopes it will catch the imagination of an investor soon.

The invention, a part of her university project, was inspired by her green-fingered granddad.

And Natalie believes it will be equally useful for beginners, who could do with a little help and keep their plants alive.
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The working prototype, which Natalie developed in eight months, contains moisture and temperature sensors in the base and a light sensor on the outside.

These can detect the conditions required for any indoor plant grown from seed.

"My grandfather had always been a keen gardener but he suffers from age-related macular degeneration, which reduces his central vision," The Daily Mail quoted Natalie, as saying.

She went on: "I found that about 50 per cent of people over the age of 75 will suffer from it, and I wanted to do something to help."

"The pot is designed to give feedback, which I hope will make gardening easier and encourage people to have a go."

"My grandfather thinks it's a great idea - he's very proud," Natalie added.

Natalie is now working as a designer for Chanel after her plant pot helped her graduate from her industrial design course at Brunel University, west London, with a first-class honours degree.

Source: ANI
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