The next high-tech makeover: Gardening tools

An automatic lawn mower, a smart irrigation system, and an AI-powered bird feeder.


April 20, 2021

With nowhere to go during quarantine, many Americans put extra effort into literally tending their own backyard.

As reported by The Wall Street Journal, 27% of homeowners overhauled their grassy wares in 2020, and 19% plan on doing a garden project in 2021.

Here’s a WSJ roundup of new-age gardening tech (which we had no idea existed) to help aspiring green thumbs:

Husqvarna’s Automower ($1.2k)

If you ever wanted a Roomba for lawn care, Husqvarna has you covered. The robot has object avoidance sensors and can run overnight — about 4 hrs on a charge — without supervision.

Source: Husqvarna

Rachio Smart Irrigation ($230)

As it turns out, the adjective “smart” can be applied to any hardware device. Rachio’s smart irrigation system connects to a sprinkler system and “automatically adjusts your watering schedule to coming weather patterns.”

Source: Rachio

Bird Buddy ($189)

Currently being crowdfunded on Indiegogo, this bird feeder uses AI and a camera app to keep track of all the birds that nosh in the feeder. This way, you can track all the species… like a “Pokémon Go for birds.” Sure, why not?!

Source: Bird Buddy

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