We love finding quirky, cool things that are worthy of being featured in our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide, and the Aquafarm certainly fits the bill. You get a pet and some healthy food, all at the same time. You don't even have to clean up after it! Thanks to
magic aquaponics, the plants use the fish waste as food, keeping the water clean. Impressive, right?
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If you believe in the plant that has its own blog, then you might also like to know that you can get your plant to Twitter. A CERN scientist supposedly created this Plant Twitter Kit. Assemble it (some soldering required,) then connect it to your leafy friend and subscribe to its feed, and it will tell you when it needs water or complain if you give too much. We’re still not sure that the gadget will work, and it seems an overpriced $99.99, but hey, if it works on your philodendron, it may work on your puppy.
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Before you take off on your next trip, save the price of a house sitter and get some Smart Planters with built-in computers. Fill the reservoir and it will check the soil every half hour with a moisture probe and store the information in its memory. It will then water it when the need arises. The device holds a 10-inch pot and needs 3 D batteries (not included.) You can use the Smart Planter indoors or out, with free-standing or hanging plants, and there is a guarantee not to overwater. The SP has a MSRP of $49.95.
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We already know that plants thrive when you talk to them, but what if your plant decided to chat with you? The prototype Pet Plant by Junyi Heo keeps track of its soil temperature, humidity, and water condition, and lets its owner know what it needs by means of LCD display pictograms. Supposedly, it will also drain itself if over-watered. The Pet Plant’s USB interface charges and transmits the info from computer software. Perhaps the next gen of the gadget will scream out “Feed me, Seymore!”
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Now that you are replacing your incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient fluorescent ones, you can continue to keep the planet green by recycling them. Inspired by a Popular Science ad, LinuxH4x0r gives you instructions to transform them into mini-greenhouses with epoxy glue, a socket, a washer, a small plastic cup, soil, and a plant or seed. Note that cutting open a bulb requires some skill, so don’t make this a project for your kids. And if that’s too difficult, try the ghetto version out of an old soda bottle.
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For those who do not have green thumbs but like a touch of it in their home or office, the Smeg Home Garden is just the thing. Created in conjunction with PIANO Design, the mini-greenhouse will supply the proper lighting, humidity, and temperature and display the levels on highlighted LEDs. You can create your micro climate with its remote. The site’s experts even suggest what kind of Garden you need for whatever you want to grow. Choose from closed or open Home models and select your favorite background, surfaces, and/or floor. Contact Smeg for specifics and pricing.
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No Chia Pet this year for your fave geek when you can get an i grobot instead. The ceramic planter is 4 x 2 1/2-inches and would be a green addition to any computer desk to keep away the winter. It comes equipped with peat moss and grass seeds which will grow about 2 to 3-inches before needing a trim. Available for $12.50, just remember not to water it near your keyboard. We dig the company’s logo, “i grobot mission = green life for humans.”
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If you’re the type that takes Fung-Shui-in-the-cubicle seriously, we’ll assume you’ve already seen the USB Fragrance Oil Drive. Now comes the USB Greenhouse, complete with Marigold seeds and artificial soil. It also includes Windows software, which not only lets you monitor the growth of your new friend, but includes wallpaper and a calendar. The greenhouse even has a “growth light” attached for those in sunlight-free cubicles, which when it comes to the workplace, is probably most of us. The USB Greenhouse measures 9 x 6.5 x 6.5 inches and according to the website, is selling out fast at $20 USD.