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Erin L

Erin L

img_3321Not all of us have green thumbs, but fortunately, technology can help! There are some amazing gadgets that can help make life outdoors easy this summer, plus, we can count on technology to beautify our yards too.

TECH TALK JUNE 2On CTV Tech Talk this month, we looked at a few of these fun and helpful gadget picks.

Fatboy Transloetje Table Lamp

This chic lamp (above) looks like something worthy of a design magazine. Its acrylic form is transparent, allowing you to see the light bulb and electrical workings inside.  It’s operated by using a small, visible touchpad to turn the light on, off and to adjust levels of brightness. It has a rechargeable battery, making it wireless, so it can be used anywhere, including the yard.  Fatboy says it’s waterproof too.

Mpowered Inflatible Solar lanterns

So many creative uses! Blow up these versatile lights and float them in your pool, hang them from trees, or sit them on a table. Without air inside they pack flat, and a small solar panel in the top of the lamp means it’ll recharge all on its own. These are available in white, or colours; where with the touch of a button they can be changed to a variety of LED light colours. Add in the sparkle that’s part of this light, and you’ll create a stunning outdoor atmosphere.

Parrot Flower Power plant sensor

This genius gadget is a small forked spike that you jab into the dirt of your garden, or an indoor or outdoor potted plant. Just tell the stick-shaped gizmo what type of plant it’s watching over, and you’ll get customized reminders to water, add fertilizer, or to move it to a sunnier spot. If you’re always killing plants, this gadget will help you remember to caretake them, and possibly keep them alive much longer.

MiPow Garden smart solar light & candle

Mipow makes very easy to use lighting gadgets that are fun to have around the home (Read about their other lights here)

With the Garden light, you can leave it outside so that it’s constantly recharged by the sun.  Then once it’s at full power, you can control it with your smartphone, adjusting brightness and even changing it to cool colours.

The Candle is battery powered, but it lasts like crazy, thanks to low-energy LED lights.  The candle can provide a candlelight glow, or have it flicker in a variety of colours. It makes a perfect addition to an outdoor dinner table because it can’t be blown out by the wind, but (Fun Fact!) you can blow on the candle to turn it on and off! Plus, you can turn it over and use it to hold real tea lights too.

Best garden ID App! MyGardenAnswers!

Also on Tech Talk I mentioned a great app for identifying plants in your garden; it’s called My Garden Answers (available via the App store or Google Play too). You snap a photo of the plant, leaf or flower, and the database will tell you what it is!  Perfect if you inherited plants or moved into a new space – or if you just want to know the proper names of the things in your garden.img_2916

Winners of this month’s Tech Talk Contest are: Elaine Watt and Jonathan Howes.  CONGRATULATIONS and thanks for watching!

 

Erin L

Erin L

I'm a journalist, tech blogger, writer, TV producer, silversmith& jewelry designer, foodie and world traveler. I blog, write for publications, and supply freelance writing services to Calgary, and the world.

68 Comments

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  5. jewel on June 15, 2016 at 5:53 am

    Great info! Thank you!

  6. Carolyn on June 14, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    I love the My Garden Answers app! I have a new garden and need to know what plants I now have. I’m hoping to find some foxtails too! Great piece today, I will also look for the lanterns.

  7. dalakes on June 14, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    Loved all of the gadgets today!! Would love to win. Keyword was foxtails ☺️

  8. Colleen on June 14, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    Thanks for your help. Would make my day to win. Need sunshine to brighten my day. Thanks. “FOXTAILS”

    • Don McKenna on June 14, 2016 at 2:29 pm

      Stop messaging

      Sent from my iPhone

      >

  9. Leandra S on June 14, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Enjoy your Tech segments always interesting. Foxtails

  10. Trish S on June 14, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Thanks for the great ideas! I’ve already downloaded My
    garden answers app…. Love it!
    Foxtails

  11. Marie-Beth on June 14, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Great segment today! I never realized there were so many high tech gadgets for the garden. The app and the Parrot Flower Power plant sensor will come in very handy! Foxtails

  12. Jacquie Ng on June 14, 2016 at 11:26 am

    Love the parrot flower power! It would be amazing if it will help me keep my plants alive 🙂 Foxtails

  13. John Wakoluk on June 14, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Foxtails, marvelous for those of us who do not have a green thumb.

  14. John Wakoluk on June 14, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Marvelous for those of us who do not have a green thumb but like plants.

  15. Trish on June 14, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Always such cool stuff on your segments!!! Especially when it’s gardening related. Keyword: Foxtails

  16. Colleen on June 14, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Thanks so much for your help in finding this, I’m not the best in technology. I wish to enter the contest, as I stated been through a tough few days, as my husband just passed away, and one of my children is in midst of the “ugly divorce”. “FOXTAILS”. This would be a cheery note to my day. Thanks again.

  17. Josi McLeod on June 14, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Just when you think that there can’t possibly be new additions for garden care along comes the fabulous items you featured today! Would definetly be a “with it” grandma to show the grandkids when they come over and see our flower garden ` foxtails` and all!!

  18. Diane Drescher on June 14, 2016 at 8:20 am

    I totally enjoyed the information you shared this morning. I need all the help I can get when it comes to gardening. 😊 Thanks

    Foxtails!

    • Don McKenna on June 14, 2016 at 8:36 am

      Stop this communication was only asking for information!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Received approximately 17 e-mails this morning
      Thank you

      Sent from my iPhone

      >

  19. Meg on June 14, 2016 at 8:19 am

    That Playbulb is so neat!! Thanks for the great information. keyword: Foxtails

  20. Kimberly Minuk on June 14, 2016 at 8:13 am

    Forgot to say foxtails in my reply.

  21. Joanne chow on June 14, 2016 at 8:08 am

    Loved hearing information about all the tech gadgets for the garden. Looking forward to trying out the garden app.

    Keyword: foxtails

  22. Kimberly Minuk on June 14, 2016 at 8:04 am

    Love your garden gadgets Erin!

  23. Gregory Rushford on June 14, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Very cool light. I enjoy gardening and the light would be a great addition.
    code word is foxtails

  24. Bob on June 14, 2016 at 7:54 am

    Great ideas for the garden! Thank you for sharing! Code word “Foxtails”.

  25. Laurie Moore on June 14, 2016 at 7:51 am

    Thank you for the informational app for flower identity.That will come in so handy cause I always have to ask people what kind of flowers are those and those lol..But I don’t usually have a pen or my phone to take down the name of the plant/flower so I have to ask again..Thank you and have a great summer.

    • Laurie Moore on June 14, 2016 at 8:13 am

      oops CODE WORD IS FOXTAILS

  26. Jonathan Howes on June 14, 2016 at 7:48 am

    You are awesome Erin, love your bits on the CTV Morning show.
    Code word is Foxtails !

  27. Purnima Balsara on June 14, 2016 at 7:47 am

    awesome gadgets! and cool app. “Foxtails”

  28. Susan Jaeger on June 14, 2016 at 7:46 am

    Excellent segment this morning! Thanks. Foxtail

  29. Don McKenna on June 14, 2016 at 7:43 am

    Your site is awesome, would you be able to notify me where I can purchase some of the inflatable lanterns
    Thank-you
    Don McKenna

    • Erin L on June 15, 2016 at 5:41 am

      Hi Don, The inflatable lanterns are available on Amazon.ca. Just search ‘Mpowerd Luci light’. Enjoy! -e

  30. Keith on June 14, 2016 at 7:42 am

    Love free stuff….“Foxtails”

  31. Martial on June 14, 2016 at 7:40 am

    I’ve enjoyed today’s segment, especially the part about the plant sensor. I can’t wait to try it out in my garden. Thanks Erin!

    Foxtails

  32. Lise Fekete on June 14, 2016 at 7:40 am

    I enjoyed your segment today which touched up on a sore point with my gardening. When to water and fertilize. If these gadgets work then woo who! Today’s word is foxtails.

  33. D Mchugh on June 14, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Great stuff! Looking for gadgets to enhance a small patio. Always enjoy your segments on the latest and greatest. Foxtails

  34. Bruce Stewart on June 14, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Very interesting gadgets – foxtails

    Thanks, Bruce

  35. Carmen Urquhart on June 14, 2016 at 7:38 am

    I really enjoy gardening, and this morning segments can take it to the next level. Keyword, foxtails.

  36. Laurie Ruhl on June 14, 2016 at 7:37 am

    Always enjoy your segment! Foxtails!

  37. Sheila Taylor on June 14, 2016 at 7:37 am

    I never knew there were so many apps and gadgets for the garden! I love your fox Tails!

  38. Dianne Haley on June 14, 2016 at 7:36 am

    Love these ideas, especially the app that identifies plants. While you identified (keyword) foxtails, I am tending a garden and really need to know what some of those plants are!

  39. Leila on June 14, 2016 at 7:36 am

    Hello, I saw your Foxtails on CTV and they look Marvelous!

  40. Kimberly Wieting on June 14, 2016 at 7:36 am

    I just realized I wrote foxtail…. it’s foxtails! Thank you so much for the information on smart garden technology. I’m totally going to look into it more. 🙂 Thank you!

  41. BettyThomas on June 14, 2016 at 7:36 am

    Your gadgets would literally light up most people’s gardens! Fantastic! Foxtails is the clue word.

  42. Jackie Hugill on June 14, 2016 at 7:35 am

    I loved the garden segment on CTV Morning show today. I learned about things I never knew existed. Code word is ‘Foxtails’.

  43. Mitali Mohan on June 14, 2016 at 7:34 am

    Love the garden. Finally there is something to remind me to water my plant. Keyword is Foxtails

  44. Pam Butler on June 14, 2016 at 7:34 am

    Love today’s segment as I love all things techy. Word today is foxtails 😊

  45. Martial on June 14, 2016 at 7:34 am

    The Parrot Flower Power plant sensor looks very promising. I can’t wait to try it out in my garden. Thanks Erin L!

    Keyword: foxtails

  46. Elaine Watt on June 14, 2016 at 7:33 am

    Just watched your Gardening Gadgets spot on CTV morning news. What a great segment. All the gadgets are great. The one that I’m definitely going to get is the “My Garden Answers” app as I have so many perennial plants in my garden that I can no longer identify. I may even have some foxtails! Thanks for the great info!

  47. Kimberly Wieting on June 14, 2016 at 7:33 am

    I would love to win your Garden gadget today!!! I’m landscaping my whole yard right now, and it would be such a fabulous addition. Thank you for all of the research above. I’m going to look into everything!!! 🙂 word of the day…. Foxtail!!!!! 🙂 Thank you!!!!

  48. Hilary Losier on June 14, 2016 at 7:33 am

    Such beautiful, useful and cool new technology! Even if I don’t win, I’m going to re-watch this story to find out where to buy some of these items! Great gift ideas… (works well as a prize too!) 😉

  49. peter mckenzie on June 14, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Really neat amazing outdoors stuff – thsnks

  50. Sheila Taylor on June 14, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Hi Erin- I never knew there were so many apps and electronic bed gets for the garden! Thanks for an informative segment on CTV. I love the app where you identified the Foxtail in your garden!😊🌺🌾

  51. Susan on June 14, 2016 at 7:31 am

    FORGOT
    FOXGLOVE

  52. Kristin R. on June 14, 2016 at 7:31 am

    Erin!
    Without seeing your segment on CTV Morning Live I would have never known that I could get (hopefully win 😉 ) gadgets that could make me even more obsessed with my flowers and plants!

    Where in Calgary carries the Parrot Flower Power Sensor? Cause if I don’t win one, I think I need to go get one!

    Keyword: Foxtails 🙂
    Thanks!

  53. Jessica Mayor on June 14, 2016 at 7:31 am

    I would like to enter to the contest. Great information about the plants. My son and I really enjoyed all the different lights.
    Foxtail 🙂

    Thank you.
    Jess

  54. Rick Schmidt on June 14, 2016 at 7:30 am

    Looks very cool and I always wondered what Foxtails looked like.

  55. Edwin Situ on June 14, 2016 at 7:30 am

    Foxtails. Tech making it easier to light the back yard without calling an electrician. Thanks

  56. Susan on June 14, 2016 at 7:30 am

    Hi Erin
    Love the info you provide is awesome!
    The blow up light are really cool!
    I could use them @ my cabin!

  57. Tiffany Wettergreen on June 14, 2016 at 7:29 am

    So many cool gadgets! Entering the contest: Foxtails 🙂

  58. Kristin R. on June 14, 2016 at 7:29 am

    Erin!
    Without seeing your segment on CTV Morning Live I would have never known that I could get (hopefully win 😉 ) gadgets that could make me even more obsessed with my flowers and plants!

    Where in Calgary carries the Parrot Flower Power Sensor? Cause if I don’t win one, I think I need to go get one!

    Thanks!

  59. Helen Hagel on June 14, 2016 at 7:29 am

    Loved the segment today as I enjoy gardening and watching things grow and bloom. I especially liked to learn that what I called a chenille plant is actually foxtails.

  60. Lindsay Hall on June 14, 2016 at 7:29 am

    I always enjoy the variety of gadgets you bring. Love the app to identify plants – like foxtails!

  61. Ryan DeLuca on June 14, 2016 at 7:29 am

    I love your segments on CTV Morning Live. I am a bit of a tech nut and really enjoy seeing the new gadgets that come out. I would love a chance to win the garden gadget today! The word was “Foxtails”.

  62. Yvonne Davey on June 14, 2016 at 7:29 am

    Answer is Foxtails

  63. Irene Wade on June 14, 2016 at 7:29 am

    Great tips & info in under 5 minutes! ‘Foxtails’

  64. Gail Kasko on June 14, 2016 at 7:28 am

    Loved the garden app. Hope to win using the key word Foxtails

  65. Tyson Matheson on June 14, 2016 at 7:28 am

    It was my first time watching Tech Talk and I loved it. Very informative. Thank you.
    Keyword:Foxtails

  66. Robin Kelly on June 14, 2016 at 7:27 am

    I love all of these great gadgets you profiled. All the new technology really does make gardening so much fun … Neat stuff as well as great information. Keyword foxtails.

  67. Nathan on June 14, 2016 at 7:26 am

    Awesome! I’ve been looking for lighting options for our yard and now I have an idea of what’s good.

    • Kimberly Minuk on June 14, 2016 at 8:02 am

      Love your morning segments!

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