This Cute Smart Planter Tells You What Your Plants Feel And Need Through Facial Expressions

This Cute Smart Planter Tells You What Your Plants Feel And Need Through Facial Expressions

Turn your plant pots Into cute little Tamagotchi-like pets so you don’t forget to water it with ‘Lua’ smart planter.

Have you ever brought home a fresh and brand new plant, only to have it wither and fade away within a few weeks to due silly neglect? Yeah, many of us have forgotten to water our dear plant critters and leafy friends. Often one notices when the leaves of the plant or fern we just got starts to slowly turn yellow. That's usually our wake up call. But now, this super neat invention, you won't ever have to worry about such a thing. This smart planter will now turn any household plant-pot of yours into an adorable life-like Tamagotchi! 



The Tamagotchi, for those who are unfamiliar, is a handheld digital pet, created in Japan by Akihiro Yokoi of 'WiZ' and Aki Maita of 'Bandai'. It was released by Bandai in November 1996 in Japan and May 1997 in the rest of the world, quickly becoming one of the biggest toy fads of the 1990s and early 2000s. As of 2017, over 82 million units have been sold. Most Tamagotchi is housed in a small egg-shaped computer with an interface usually consisting of three buttons, although the number of buttons may vary. In 2019, the egg-shaped toy is returning with the same lo-fi graphics and original six characters for a retail price of $13.55 USD, a steal given that Tamagotchis were priced at $17.99 USD in 1997 (not adjusted to inflation) and the first edition '96 Tamagotchi is going for $130 USD on Amazon today.





These brilliant smart plants, called 'Lua',  are created by 'Mu Design', who came up with the idea of turning household plants into little Tamagotchis in order to ensure that people all around the world are keeping their plants alive and happy. Aside from the colorful and vibrant looks, using this smart planter, you can also receive information and communicate with your plants.  All one needs to do to get access to these state-of-the-art features is to establish a connection between their phone and the planter. You can do so by downloading the required app and completing the mandatory QR scan code with the planter.  After that, you will be requested to select what kind of a plant it is. Then the system provides all the details on what your new friend needs at every given moment. 

The technology that has gone behind this is indeed sublime! You will be able to see up to 15 different emotions that express your plants' basic needs. Among these needs could be something even as fundamental as 'more sunshine' or 'water'. It also has funny squinting faces, that pop up on screen to let you know if the plant enjoyed its last drink, and give suggestions and more. If that wasn't enough! This neat planter can also show you various other emotions, like a scary vampire face with fangs sticking out, suggesting that it needs more sunshine! It also has some minor pet-sensors as it shows a glaring face on-screen with your cat or dog try to creep up on it. Now that's cool! 



 Unfortunately, you can't get the smart planter in stores just yet. 'Mu Design' has announced that they hope to ship their products by the end of the year. As of now, they have just launched a brand new Indiegogo campaign, with a goal of €30,000. So far they have reached 60% of their target. Once that goal reaches its marks, you can be sure of seeing these smart planters in your house as they turn your plants into cute little friends. You can buy the Tamagotchi through various online retailers including Target, Amazon, and Walmart. Prices vary depending on the style and version of Tamagotchi, but it looks like Amazon has the largest variety of the original Tamagotchis available for $19.99




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