Design & Architecture

This Smart Planter Can Tell You Exactly What Your Plant Needs

If you don't have a green thumb, this could be for you!

Have you ever looked in the mirror in the middle of the night and thought you looked like a vampire? Now your plant will let you know when it feels like one, too.

Lua, the smart planter with feelings, lets you know when it hasn’t had enough sunlight by showing fangs on its “face.” This cute little smart planter is designed to communicate what your plant needs using digital animations. You’ll never have to guess!

Lua isn’t currently available for sale, but you can join the Indiegogo campaign to turn this little product into reality. Currently, the concept has 110 backers and $11,000 pledged, which is about a third of the fixed goal.

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The smart planter will give the appearance of sweating when it is overexposed to the sun and feeling hot.

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Lua doesn’t stop there! The smart planter can even sense when it will rain.

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It also lets you know when it is in need of watering by giving a thirsty appearance and has a sick face when it has had too much water.

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Lua turns your plant into a virtual pet. It features 15 animations in all, with many dedicated to the health of the plant. Other face animations give you information or can provide entertainment — Lua tells you if it’s grumpy, tired or happy.

The smart planter involves using an app, which generates a QR code that Lua can read and interpret. It even detects movement and follows it with its eyes (a warning for your pet!).

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Owners will enter information, such as the plant type, into the app so Lua knows what kind of care it will need. This will determine how it alerts you to its need for sunlight and water.

The planter comes with a saucer to prevent drainage from spilling onto surfaces.

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Why the name Lua? “All known living organisms on earth share a common ancestor. It is referred to as LUA or LUCA, for Last Universal Ancestor. Lua is the ancestor of plants and animals,” the website says.

Lua is currently available to supporters at a cost of $111, which, according to the campaign website, is a discount from the regular price of $168.

Since it is still in campaign/crowdfunding stages, the planter, designed by a team of engineers in Luxembourg, isn’t available for shipping until December 2019. Here’s a video of Lua, as posted to the Indiegogo campaign site:

Those who purchase a Lua will get to pick one of four possible planter colors at the end of the campaign.

Sounds like a great idea for people with brown thumbs. What a great way to give a plant some personality!