Not all of us have green thumbs, but fortunately, technology can help! There are some amazing gadgets that can help make life outdoors easy this summer, plus, we can count on technology to beautify our yards too.
On CTV Tech Talk this month, we looked at a few of these fun and helpful gadget picks.
This chic lamp (above) looks like something worthy of a design magazine. Its acrylic form is transparent, allowing you to see the light bulb and electrical workings inside. It’s operated by using a small, visible touchpad to turn the light on, off and to adjust levels of brightness. It has a rechargeable battery, making it wireless, so it can be used anywhere, including the yard. Fatboy says it’s waterproof too.
So many creative uses! Blow up these versatile lights and float them in your pool, hang them from trees, or sit them on a table. Without air inside they pack flat, and a small solar panel in the top of the lamp means it’ll recharge all on its own. These are available in white, or colours; where with the touch of a button they can be changed to a variety of LED light colours. Add in the sparkle that’s part of this light, and you’ll create a stunning outdoor atmosphere.
This genius gadget is a small forked spike that you jab into the dirt of your garden, or an indoor or outdoor potted plant. Just tell the stick-shaped gizmo what type of plant it’s watching over, and you’ll get customized reminders to water, add fertilizer, or to move it to a sunnier spot. If you’re always killing plants, this gadget will help you remember to caretake them, and possibly keep them alive much longer.
Mipow makes very easy to use lighting gadgets that are fun to have around the home (Read about their other lights here)
With the Garden light, you can leave it outside so that it’s constantly recharged by the sun. Then once it’s at full power, you can control it with your smartphone, adjusting brightness and even changing it to cool colours.
The Candle is battery powered, but it lasts like crazy, thanks to low-energy LED lights. The candle can provide a candlelight glow, or have it flicker in a variety of colours. It makes a perfect addition to an outdoor dinner table because it can’t be blown out by the wind, but (Fun Fact!) you can blow on the candle to turn it on and off! Plus, you can turn it over and use it to hold real tea lights too.
Best garden ID App! MyGardenAnswers!
Also on Tech Talk I mentioned a great app for identifying plants in your garden; it’s called My Garden Answers (available via the App store or Google Play too). You snap a photo of the plant, leaf or flower, and the database will tell you what it is! Perfect if you inherited plants or moved into a new space – or if you just want to know the proper names of the things in your garden.
Winners of this month’s Tech Talk Contest are: Elaine Watt and Jonathan Howes. CONGRATULATIONS and thanks for watching!