koubachi launches in the us

Koubachi Wi-Fi Plant Sensors launch for US Market in Apple Stores

Koubachi has launched its Wi-FI Plant Sensor for the US market in the Las Vegas Convention Center at the Consumer Electronics Show.

Koubachi has been further developing its patent protected technology since September 2009 with the aim of allowing people to keep an eye on their plants over Wi-Fi – wherever they are in the world. The original Koubachi Wi-Fi Plant Sensor, designed for indoor plants, was launched at CeBIT in 2012 and was the winner of the 2012 red dot design award.

The new Wi-Fi Plant Sensor introduces the capability to work outdoors, and can be placed in the soil of any pot plant to monitor the key vitality parameters of a plant: soil moisture, temperature and light intensity. Using a built-in Wi-Fi module, the data is sent to the Koubachi Cloud, where it is analysed based on scientific care models developed in cooperation with leading biologists. The plant owner is then provided with detailed instructions via the Koubachi iPhone App or Web App, to show how and when to care for your beloved plants. One Koubachi Wi-Fi Plant Sensor can be used to monitor and set up alerts for all your household plants.

“We’ve come a long way since launching Koubachi at CeBit in 2012, spending the past year developing our original Wi-Fi Plant Sensor and are delighted to launch the new outdoor Koubachi sensor at the world’s biggest technology show, ” says Philipp Bolliger, CEO and inventor of Koubachi.

“The Koubachi Wi-Fi Plant Sensor is the first device to the US market that enables remote monitoring of a plant’s vitality. We’re thrilled to also announce the backing of Apple and Amazon as our US distribution partners, making a massive step forwards to bringing ‘the internet of things’ to the US market and helping to move American homes into the smart and connected era.”

The ‘Internet of things’ has been a major theme of CES – referenced in multiple keynote speeches and filling an entire hall at the event. Shawn DuBravac, Chief Economics and Senior Director of Research for the Consumer Electronics Association highlighted smart devices and sensors as a key movement in his ‘2013 International CES Trends to watch’ on Monday, saying, “Digital sensors were once expensive and now they’ve proliferated.”

The Koubachi Wi-Fi Plant Sensor has been designed to seamlessly blend in with your plants’ environment, whilst using cutting edge technology that enables a simpler, yet more powerful plant care experience.

When inserted in a plant’s pot, the plant owner is provided with detailed care instructions regarding:

  • Watering: The Koubachi Wi-Fi Plant Sensor features a best-in-class, high-precision soil moisture sensor providing unmatched accuracy that ensures effective plant watering and prevents over-watering
  • Temperature: The temperature sensor monitors ambient surroundings ensuring that your plants are placed in ideal temperature environments as well as alerting you when it’s too hot or cold for your plants
  • Light intensity: The light intensity sensor ensures that you know whether your plants are positioned exactly in the right place to promote healthy growth and also alerts you if the plant needs other light requirements
  • Fertilizing: Based on the individual plant care model for your plant species, Koubachi also provides you with timed fertilizer notifications
  • Misting: Some plants only thrive if misted regularly – Koubachi knows whether your plant needs misting and will alert you whenever it is time to mist your plant.

The Koubachi apps – which can also be used in basic function without a sensor – are available for free, whilst the RRP for the Indoor Wi-Fi Plant Sensor is $99 and the Outdoor Wi-Fi Plant Sensor is $129. This week US consumers will be able to buy the devices direct from Apple, Amazon or from http://store.koubachi.com. The purchase of the sensor includes a lifelong free subscription to the Koubachi system, including regular updates of the Apps (new features) and the plant library (new plants).

The red dot design awards praised Koubachi for its high design quality and inspiring design language. To learn more please visit www.koubachi.com.

To read our review and find out what we thought of the Koubachi Wi-Fi Sensor click here.

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