Wacky Gadgets of the Month – December

The year has set us seeing many wacky ideas surfacing from many innovative minds. As we approach the end of the year, enjoy the ideas we have compiled just for you!

First up, we have the Parrot Flower Power, which uses an incredible sensor to assess your plants’ needs and would send alerts to your smartphone. The sensor will monitor your plants’ essentials, such as, sunlight, temperature, fertilizer and moisture, ensuring healthy growth!

The best thing every tech-savvy plant lover would want to know is that the Parrot Flower Power has an app integrated altogether. The app would send alerts to your smartphone whenever it detects from your plant that it needs your attention and you would receive a notification.

It also provides you with a real-time chart plotting and log, providing you with real time information on what will happen should you water your plant. A diary is also incorporated to aid you in planning your gardening schedule! It is able to predict when you will need to water over the span of two weeks.

All you tech-savvy plant lovers sure know what to look out for, no more excuses of forgetting to care for your plants now!

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Picture taken from: http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/07/parrot-flower-power-plant-sensor/

Next up, what happens when you are in the middle of a blackout and you reach out to your nearest flashlight, only to realise that you ran out of batteries? Scary, isn’t it? Well, the Lumen flashlight got you all covered. Powered by the body heat, the Lumen flashlight never needs batteries!

The finger-sized flashlight uses a small thermoelectric generator and such use of technology has been successfully seen in other past consumer products. The clever thing about this is that it works to transform heat into electricity through difference in body and ambient air temperatures. What happens to excess power then? It is then stored in an internal capacitor.

With the Lumen, you will also feel a little greener on the inside since you are THE energy source and not batteries would ultimately be disposed of.


Picture taken from: http://www.gizmag.com/lumen-flashlight/39893/pictures

So, what do you think? Are these ideas, in your opinion, wacky or tacky? Tell us in the comments below.