Not Sure When to Water Your Plants? This Soil Moisture Sensor Will Tell You

Verdmo
Verdmo

Unless you’re a gardening guru or have a natural green thumb, the demands of daily life can make it easy to forget to water your plants. Over-watering can be just as deadly, and it’s especially tricky if you’re working with a variety of plants with different “feeding” schedules, whether it's daily, weekly, or semiweekly.

This is one case where technology can be a boon. A new soil moisture sensor called the Verdmo monitors your lawn, garden, or potted plant and tells you when it’s time to break out the watering can. The hexagonal device contains three sensors that work together to measure the water content in the soil, as well as the temperature.

It wirelessly pairs with a smartphone app for both iOS and Android, so you can always keep tabs on your lawn or flowers, no matter where you are. You’ll also get a notification when your plants are thirsty, which takes the guesswork out of gardening.

“When we set out we knew we wanted to make something that delivered accurate results, would last, look good, and be easy to use,” said D. Kelly, the founder of Verdmo. “Throw in AA batteries, download the app, and connect it to your Wi-Fi. That's it. Verdmo is built to help you save your lawn, money, and water.”

The app is capable of managing multiple Verdmo devices, in case you want to monitor different sections of your garden or a variety of potted plants. The sensor works for both indoor and outdoor plants, so you can stick it in a pot or directly into the ground.

Order the Verdmo online for $75, and use the code VERDMO10 to save 10 percent.

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Never Worry About Uneven Frames Again With This Picture-Hanging Kit

Hang N Locks
Hang N Locks

After struggling to hang a picture on the wall with some combination of hooks, nails, Command strips, and wires, it can be painful to see the frame is slightly off-kilter. No matter how much time you spend positioning a photograph or piece of art so it looks just right in your home, all it can take is one bump to turn it into an eyesore. But you don't have to choose between uneven frames and bare walls—the Hang N Locks Hanger, currently raising money on Kickstarter, is a tool that automatically keeps pictures level for you.

The picture-hanging kit comes with two main components—a hanger and a wall receiver. Before displaying your picture, you can secure the receiver to your wall with a hammer and nails. The larger plastic piece snaps over the wire attached to the back of your frame. When the picture is ready to go on your wall, the hanger slides easily into the receiver.

Unlike traditional hanging methods, a frame hung with Hang N Locks won't slide around when disturbed. Whether it's bumped a during party or a cleaning session, the picture always settles back to its original position level with the ground. The locking design means that the only way to move the frame is to lift it out of the receiver, adjust it manually at the angle you like, and return it to the wall.

Hang N Locks launched on Kickstarter on June 3, and it has until July 4 to reach it's $10,000 funding goal. If the project is funded, everyone who pledged $15 or more will receive a 5-pack of Hang N Locks, with delivery estimated for September.

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These ASMR-Ready Headphones Promise to Lull You to Sleep

AcousticSheep
AcousticSheep

What do hushed whispers, gently tapping fingernails, and Bob Ross’s voice have in common? They’re all examples of triggers that may cause what’s known as an autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR), or, as Dictionary.com succinctly explains it, a “calming, pleasurable feeling often accompanied by a tingling sensation” that can be triggered by soothing stimuli. ASMR has recently been recognized as an effective relaxation technique for those looking to calm their nerves; now, ASMR enthusiasts and novices alike can experience it in the form of a sleep-ready headband.

Upon first glance, SleepPhones: ASMR Edition may look like just a fabric headband, but the device actually features flat speakers tucked into soft, stretchy, eco-friendly material. Unlike regular headphones, SleepPhones can be worn comfortably to bed, even if you sleep on your side, and they come preloaded with content designed to help you relax. They feature eight hours of built-in ASMR content by 16 different ASMR artists (or ASMRtists), including but not limited to tracks with rhythmic tapping and "peaceful Italian whisperings."

A close-up of the SleepPhones speaker technology
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The speaker components of SleepPhones
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Using SleepPhones is designed to be a stress-free experience. The speakers have the ability to play for 20 ad-free hours with a mere three-hour charging time in between. There are also zero cords involved, meaning you won’t get all tangled up as you lie down or if you have a tendency to toss and turn at night. The small button located in the back of the headband allows you to start, pause, or skip tracks and control the volume.

For people looking for ways to relax beyond yoga and meditation, ASMR may be the way to go. One study observed that subjects watching ASMR videos not only reported feeling that aforementioned pleasant tingling, but were also found to have reduced heart rates.

You can get a pair of your own SleepPhones on Kickstarter with a pledge of $75 or more. They come in three different sizes with seven colors from which to choose.

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