20 Geek Gadgets For Growing Plants Indoors

The following 20 gizmos will make it easy for any geek to grow plants inside.

1.Gun Water Hose

No company making a common squirt gun to attach onto a garden hose could have come up with this super-fun concept. Garden Gun 5.1, a design by The Design Reaktor Berlin project, developed this concept. The project is, apparently, a facilitation to help collaborations between novice designs and small to mid-sized companies. While it won’t bring on world war (or peace), it does allow a man to feel masculine while watering flowers.

2. Digital Plants Tell You What They Want

Always wondering what your plants want and need? The Pet Plant, fro designer Junyi Heo, tells you by sensing conditions of osil, humidity, moisture, even temperature and, after crunching hte data, tells youwhat is needed via easy pictograms on the LCD. It knows if you apply too much water and drains itself into a container. It does need power and a USB interface, but what an amazing, useful tool for home gardeners.

3. Twitter Gadget For Your Houseplant

Talk to your plants? Now you can let our plants Twitter back to you. Simply build this kit with a soldering iron, connect your ethernet network cable, and the moisture sensor will check on your watering skills. If the plant becomes thirsty, it will Twitter you a prompt to water it. If you ignore the plant, it will become an urgent Tweet. Overwater? The plant will Twitter a scold message!

4. Biotower – Farm For Your Kitchen

 

Do you grow a kitchen herb garden in the windowsill or just outside your doorway? If so, the Philips designs of this non-spherical biosphere are certain you’ll become addicted to growing your very own crustaceans quickly.

This Philips self-contained farm produces calories by the hundreds of various food sources each day. The five level design includes:

Levels 1 and 2: Plants of various species
Level 3: Algae
Level 4: Fish and crustaceans including shrimp
Level 5: Completely organic wastes

From looking at the design, it appears the system cascades nutrition from top to bottom and back again. Light is captured and redirected to the plants at appropriate times of day using optical fibers. Organic wastes, in the form of methane gas, power lights during the dark house. Algae emit the oxygen necessary for the sealife to survive.

5. USB Plant Sensor

EasyBloom allows you to stick a light, humidity, soil moisture adn temperature sensor into the ground where you leave it for 24 hours so that a full day can be captured for patterns. Afterwards, remove EasyBoom from the soil — and I think it would be a good idea to wipe it clean before connecting the USB port to your computer. Data syncs with the database provided by EasyBoom where 5,000 plant species are represented along with their requirements so the device can help you help plants thrive. Just $60, it operates on AAA batteries and is compatible with most PCs — and soon Macs will be supported as well. It can be used unlimited times and would make a great gift for a techno-gardener buddy.

6. Use Your Plants to Purifier The Air

Plants purify the air naturally, but humans want to improve on everything. Hence, the Andrea Plant Air Purifier was developed to add technology to the natural process. This one is a must-see to believe!

7. Robot Planter

This design concept, Le Petit Prince, translates to The Little Prince and is actually a mini-greenhouse. It was designed to walk a single plant in each robot around the surface of the planet Mars until it locates the proper growing conditions such as light and nutrients. One The Little Prince Robot Planter learns about its environment, it is designed to share its knowledge of growing tips iwth the entire swarm of other plant bots.

Don’t think this is a simple plant growing machine. The designer, a 2009 Electrolux Design Labs finalist thinks foremost of the bot as a pet or “silent friend” to be companion to a lone Mars colonist. However, once the Le  Petit Prince talks you into coming out for late-night drinks on Thursday evening while he’s accompanying his old buddies from the factory, you might feel a lot like a 3rd wheel, even if the robot had the best of intentions.

8. Aquarium That Feeds Your Plants

This is really a green innovation! The aquarium uses a small garden atop the tank to remove nitrates from the freshwater, according to designer Benjamin Graindorge of Duende Studio. Not only visually pleasing, the water filtration is ingeniously accomplished. Here’s the basics: water with lots of nitrates build up in your fish tank, then sucked into the garden where it uses a layer of bacteria-containing river sand to turn any impurities into more nitrates. Then, the nitrate-heavy water passes over plant life which remove the nitrates naturally as nutrients. The purified water goes back into the aquarium, making the fish in the tank happy as can be.

9. In Vitro Orchid

Potted plants and flowers require work to maintain and eventually most die. If you would like to give plant gift, the In Vitro Orchid is almost entirely maintenance-free. The idea behind it is very clever. A gel full of nutrients provides the orchid with all its needs as it grows inside a sterile test tube. Eventually, the flower will outgrow the 5-inch test tube, at which it can be transplanted. While many orchids are expensive, this great conversation starter and interesting exhibit of plant life is extremely affordable, about $30.

10. Liquid Glass Spray

This really sounds crazy: a spray bottle of liquid glass to safely coat anything such as plants, seeds, clothes. It keeps items safe from heat, UV radition, dirt and germs.

The spray liquid glass spray, officially called “SiO2 ultra-thin layering”, contains almost pure silicon dioxide. Silica is the compound normally used for glass creation and is extracted from quarts sand. Ethanol or water is added, based on the intended application and type of surface to be coated. No additives are incorporated. This nano-sized glass coating adheres to the surface because of quantum physics. The manufactuers say this liquid glass spray provided a lasting antibacterial barrier due to the fact that microbes can not easily penetrate the surface, and therefore can not multiply.

The coating created by the liquid glass coating is breathable, so coating plants or seeds is not harmful, according to manufacturers. Vineyard trials have shown that using liquid glass to coat the vines helps them resist fungal diseases. Other testing indicates that seeds which have been coated actually germinate and grow faster than those left untreated. Homeowners can benefit by coating wood to ensure termines cannot attack.

11. Floating Garden

This boat garden, shaped like a whale and named Physalia, is credited to Vincent Callebaut. The idea is that the solar panel-powered vessel can cruise amid polluted, dirty water and allow the plants to soak up the contaminants. As to how sub-aquatic turbines don’t slow this boat to a stand-still is yet to be seen but the idea of onboard plants removing bad stuff and the titanium dioxide surface purifying water sounds great.

12. Light Bulb Plant Pot

This super-cool light bulb plant pot can be created with your own hands by following the instructables guide. This guide explains exactly how to hollow out light bulbs and create the stands without emergency medical intervention for glass cuts.

13. View Your Plants Roots Under The Soil

FlowerEYE pot keeps up with light levels, soil moisture, and even ambient temperature while allowing the roots of your plant to be seen, making them appear much like Weather Channel lightning storm coverage. Right now, this is only a concept design, but I know I have to have one or more immediately upon release.

14. Light Pot

No, this is not a “pot” plant with less intoxicating power, despite the nomenclature. The Light Pot is really a table lamp of the minimalist design genre. The bottom contains a soil bed for small green plant life. Practical as well as beautiful, isn’t it? By using LED lights, the LightPot permits the light source to raise or lower as needed for the plants’ comfort. It even collapses into a compact package when not in use. Designers at Studio Shulab are working with the prototype but plan to have the light on retail shelves very soon.

15. Desktop Plant

You might not think of placing a pot of soil which requires water right next to your computer, but with the Desktop Hydroponics system, you safely can. Around $40, the techno-shaped container has a very thematic feel. Basically, it’s a plastic shell with sponges which a mix of nutrients. The slot-style top holds the plant in place, but it may tempt your coworkers to use it as an obsolete CD disposal unit.

16. Light Sticks for House Plants

Too little sun for houseplants during those dreary winter months when ambient light is lowest? If you don’t have nicely sunlit windows for all your plants, these specialized glow sticks mimic the sun’s spectrum. During the evening they continue to provide sunlight-like light so the plants get the full 12 or more hours needed to really thrive. Sure, you can use specialized LEDs, but why not have fun building this project yourself?

17. Bonsai Speakers

Here’s an interesting attempt at eco-friendly design. Blending a stereo speaker system complete with bass reflex port with an area to grow plants, the Bonsai speakers are crafted from eco-plastic. Better yet, the elements into hive-like sculptures which can be hooked together in any number of units. A great audio/plant solution for patios and outdoors.

18. Awesome Aerogarden

The Broto Domestic Greenhouse lets you grow plants using aeroponics — nutrient mists which place the need for soil. The system, designed by Gabriela Mombach, continually tracks pH, nutrients, humidity and temperature. LEDs provide light for photosynthesis and do not heat the pot’s handle. While it may not provide warmth, it sure would keep dirt from inside your home.

19. Clock Powered By Plants

Crazy for eco-gadgets, we have to love the clock that is mud-powered. The trick is the clock uses the chemistry reactions between metal and mud to generate the electricity.

20. Garden in Your Fridge

Ms Hanna Sandstrom, Green Fortune and Whirlpool have combined efforts to create a refrigerator that nurtures seeds into plants. Sure, it is only designed for herbs and lettuce and exactly howt his concept works is a bit sketchy at the moment, but it sure sounds better than running out to themarket. The Kitchen Garden system will prolong the life of items you do purchase as well. It automatically waters and lights the garden, and if you change some settings and trays, it can help you grow some robust veggies.

21. Robots That Water Your House Plants

What more could you want than an MIT-crafted robot to care for your horticulture? This bot uses a tube to spray just the right amount of moisture into the soil around your plants’ stems. You may be laughing but the project is really quite cool. The program is part of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, designed by students involved with robotics design. The students were given the goal to “take care of plants” with a bit limitation factor: “no touching the plants in any way”. The bot is the result of this student design. How does it all work?

First, the plants get some sort of little computer device which has soil sensors that check when to water and fertilize and other important horticultural factors. Using wireless networking, they drop the data to the plant bots which serve their need, not just by peeing on them — no, watering them — but by locating and removing chosen fruit and even pollinating plants. As a honey-love, I really hope they don’t try to replace honey bees.