GardenSpace will water your garden and keep away pests with its robotic head

It’s not that you don’t have a green thumb — you just don’t have the time to take care of your garden. As much as you may care about horticulture, it’s not your fault that you can’t monitor your backyard 24/7, keeping tabs on what needs more water when. But now, lack of time is no longer an excuse for not having some greenery in your life thanks to GardenSpace, a 21st-century answer to a garden gnome.

This bot is much taller than a gnome and promises a lot more functionality. Using a 360-degree swivel cam, GardenSpace promises to do what you can’t — keep an eye on your plants at all hours of the day. Using the tool promises to be quite straightforward as well, as you simply need to connect GardenSpace to your water space and sync it to your Wi-Fi. From there, you will be able to control the bot from the companion app (though let’s be honest, you’re just going to let it do its thing).

Like your plants, GardenSpace is powered by the sun. Rather than worrying yourself with battery swaps or power outlets, you need only to ensure that GardenSpace is positioned in such a way that it can soak up the energy provided by everyone’s favorite star.

Promising to help with the upkeep of up to 100 square feet (which is capable of growing around $700 of produce a year), GardenSpace claims to be the “first step toward a successful yield.” With the app, you can tell the bot what you’re growing and GardenSpace will then keep tabs on various plants’ health by monitoring chlorophyll levels and the temperature of both the plant and the soil. And because GardenSpace catalogs your plants, it knows when to water and, more importantly, when to stop.

GardenSpace derives its information from an infrared thermometer, an infrared camera, and a normal RGB camera that is mounted on its swiveling head. While it keeps your garden watered during the day, it can also double as a sentry at night. Seeing as it is always on (and always monitoring), if the bot detects any pests using its motion-detecting sensors, it will scare them away with a burst of water.

You can pre-order GardenSpace now from Kickstarter for $239, with delivery anticipated in October 2018.

Deals

Need a last-minute gift? Get an iPhone Wireless Charger for under $20

Whether you're looking for stocking stuffers or gift ideas, these deals from Mophie, Anker, and Yootech can get you a wireless charging pad for cheap. Don't settle for wired charging if you don't have to.
Computing

Fix those internet dead zones by turning an old router into a Wi-Fi repeater

Is there a Wi-Fi dead zone in your home or office? A Wi-Fi repeater can help. Don't buy a new one, though. Here is how to extend Wi-Fi range with another router you have lying around.
Home Theater

What’s new on Netflix and what’s leaving in January 2019

Our complete list of what's new on Netflix for January 2019 and which titles will be removed will help you catch up on your bingeing, and also ensure you don't miss any titles heading into the streaming ether.
Computing

Stop your PC's vow of silence with these tips on how to fix audio problems

Sound problems got you down? Don't worry, with a few tweaks and tricks we'll get your sound card functioning as it should, and you listening to your favorite tunes and in-game audio in no time.
Smart Home

These accessories take your already awesome Instant Pot to a whole new level

If you're familiar with the Instant Pot, you know that this bad boy acts as a pressure cooker, rice cooker, cake maker, egg boiler, and a lot more. Here are some must-have accessories to make Instant Pot cooking even better.
Smart Home

Amazon shows off compact cashier-free store that could show up at airports

Amazon is testing its smallest Amazon Go store to date as it considers taking the grab-and-go technology to new venues such as airports and train stations. The compact store is a quarter the size of its current locations.
Smart Home

Amazon sent me a Christmas tree. Did it leave me pining for more?

Is driving to a Christmas tree lot or farm to get some fresh pine a daunting task that you dread every year? Good news: Amazon is now selling real Christmas trees with free shipping. We decided to order one to see how it went.
Smart Home

Cops go after porch pirates with dummy Amazon boxes and GPS trackers

Amazon is helping police in Jersey City to catch thieves who steal delivered packages from outside people's homes. Within just minutes of the operation's launch this week, cops nabbed their first porch pirate.
Smart Home

A couple’s recalled dishwasher caught on fire — and now they’re warning others

A Wisconsin couple has been using the dishwasher in their house for a year, unaware that it was recalled in 2009. Then the appliance caught fire. Now they are warning others to check appliances for risks when buying or renting a home.
Smart Home

Amazon has some killer deals on vacuums through the holidays

Whether you're buying for someone else or for yourself, Amazon has some great deals on vacuums running through the holidays. Score them while you can and keep your home cleaner than ever.
Smart Home

Got an Emerson thermostat? 135,000 of them are being recalled due to fire risk

Most recalls are relatively benign but if you own an Emerson-branded thermostat, we encourage you to check your model number because the company has alerted consumers to the potential of the device starting a fire.
Deals

You don't want to sleep on these red-hot bedding deals

We've rounded up some of the best discounts and sales happening right now, so you can buy yourself (or your loved ones) new bedding without breaking your budget. Trust us when we say these are deals worth losing sleep over.
Deals

Best deals for smart home plugs that control your lights and appliances

Smart hubs and speakers play central communication and management roles in your home, but smart plugs let you add lights and appliances to your system. Any smart plug you buy must support one feature or anything you plug in stays dumb.
Mobile

G’day, Google: U.S. users can now give Assistant a British or Australian accent

U.S. Google Assistant users can give their Assistant a different voice. Google has updated Assistant with the ability for users to give it either a British or Australian accent, which could make it a little more personal for some.