Disrupted Gardening – how IoT even disrupts gardening

On demand gardening, connected to the Internet, disrupting the way we treat our backyards

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IoT is reshaping the world and changing everything into on demand/little waste economics. Our first example was the positive disruption IoT brings to the home heating oil market. Now it’s the turn of gardening.

From TheNextWeb: “|The ‘connected home’ is a concept we’ve heard a lot about over the past few years, but how about the connected yard?
At SXSW, Scotts – the company behind gardening brands like Miracle-Gro and Weedol – has been showing off its Gro ‘Connected Yard’ offering that is set to launch in the USA next month.

The heart of the concept is a mobile app called Gro that allows you to set goals for your garden, regardless of whether you have a huge yard or a tiny apartment balcony to work with. Maybe you want to grow a gorgeous flowerbed, or your own ingredients to go into cocktails, for example, or just improve the state your lawn.

Whatever your goal, the app will give you step-by-step instructions over days and weeks. The tips are tailored to your location, weather reports and data received from an accompanying range of internet-connected sensors made by third-party manufacturers, that do things like check the health of your plants. The ‘Works with Gro’ program is launching with products from Blossom, Rachio, Green IQ, Lono, PlantLink and Parrot.

Scotts also plans interactive installations in retail outlets that will sync with your Gro app and help you buy exactly the right gear. It’s all well and good to be told to buy a hose, but which one is exactly right? The app will guide you to the specific shelf in the store.”…more