Nigel Wallbridge, tech entrepreneur and co-founder of Vivent Sarl said: "By listening in to what our plants are telling us, we can, together start to understand them. This is exciting for everyone interested in the environment, sustainability, the future of food and open agriculture. If we can see the first signs of water stress, then we could minimise the amount of water needed for agriculture. If we can detect the first sign of disease, we can stand a better chance of preventing crop failures all over the world. The possibilities are far-reaching."
PhytlSigns monitors leaf damage, temperature change and whether a plant under attack from pests.
The product works by connecting plants to a PhytlSigns sensor and observation when and how plants’ signals change.
Wallbridge says rather than simply measuring the air temperature or the soil around it the gadget decodes signals and could be of use to professional and amateur growers.
Signal processing expert Dave Robinson said: "Working on decoding the electrical signals of plants with a team using PhytlSigns has been fascinating. And now that the product is being brought to market I’m looking forward to being able to process a lot more data collected from a much larger community so we can learn even more about plant signalling."
See https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1538287584/phytl-signs-explorer-the-worlds-first-wearable-for for the crowd funding page, which is seeking £100,000. Retail rpice could be around $200.
PhytlSigns could change our relationship with plants. From plant scientists, to professional growers, agriculturalists, horticulturalists, environmentalists and people who simply love their plants, we now really can tune in now to what plants are telling us, so we can react to their needs.
Available through the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, from June 21st, be one of the first to digitally connect with your plants, and help advance knowledge in plant science and research.