Levitating flower pots may not be top of most peoples’s shopping lists when they are thinking about how they could improve their indoor decor. Standard flower pots are more likely what most people would be looking for, when they go to their garden centres, with a view to decorating their sitting rooms, kitchens or hallways. We all know what the most popular of these houseplants are and some of these flowers would be more widely know as Geraniums, Pelargoniums, Oxalis, Begonias, Cactus, Orchids, Aloe Vera and many many more, which would fit the household category.
Earlier on, we covered the Parrot Smart flower pot on this website and this is indoor flower husbandry taken on to another level. This smart intelligent flower pot can be controlled from an app on our iphones or smartphones. We can monitor the growing process from this application and it gives information like lack of nutrients, lack of light, soil condition, watering issues and much more. Its something quirky, to say the least and I guess, like everything else in our lives, we are moving in an age where IT plays a big part in everything that we do nowadays.
Levitating flower pot;
Not to be outdone by this advanced piece of technology, we now have a flower pot device or container, that will float or levitate indoors and this invention is creating quite a stir in most gardening circles. Not only is this new scientific discovery asking some questions among the horticulturalists amongst us, but everyday folk who know little or nothing about gardening are also quite interested in this levitating flower pot. The science behind the mechanics of how this flower pot can float has been around for hundreds of years, but it’s only recently been improved upon and streamlined for our benefit.
How does this levitating flower pot work;
Basically its a series of magnets that is the secret and key to how these flower pots float. Its a set of inbuilt magnets pushing up against an electromagnetic field which causes the magic to happen. We need to plug in this device and that activates the levitating process, whereby the flower pot will hover and float, as it rotates 360° for as long as it remains plugged into a power source. So the magneticism has been around since it was first discovered and now has been transformed into this delightful scientific and fantastic levitating plant pot.
What plants do we use;
As we can see from the video, this container will take relatively small sized flowers, plants, herbs or cactii. It was designed for air-plants initially but on further research, it was discovered that it will take plants in soil also. Air plants use particles in the air and sunlight to grow and flourish, rather than the traditional root system, whereas plants or flowers potted in soil need watering and feeding every now and again. Cactus need very little water whatsoever and thrive normally in dry soil and in very dry climates, so these would be an ideal plant for this floating flower pot. So as with this process plants grow from getting sunlight from all sides as it levitates and rotates, suspended in mid-air.
Who makes these levitating flower pots;
The company behind this discovery is a Swedish company called Lyfe. They are a group of intellictual creative individuals and engineers, who have an interest in design and in certain areas of electromagnetism and also some interest in horticulture. They previously invented a similar type of process whereby, a lightbulb placed over this electromagnetic base would light up like an ordinary bulb, except it was not connected to any sockets or wires. They then researched further into this process and arrived at the levitating flower pot. Who knows what direction or what they will come up with in the future, so let’s hope that its something as innovative and as interesting as the levitation device container. Through Crowdfunding, Kickstarter and a Go Fund Me set-up, they financed these projects and were eventually able to bring them to market.
Lyte levitating flower pot unboxed;
The base of this device is oak made and measures 6″ x 6″ x 1½”, so its a sturdy and stylish looking piece of decor. The container is fabricated from silicone, has a watering well reservoir built into this, so it really looks the part. The watering well is a fail safe measure, just in case we overdo the watering. It has geodesic or aerodynamic design, so it looks attractive and mesmermising as it floats on air in our kitchens or sitting rooms. Once unboxed, place the oak base on a shelf, window sill, hall table, sideboard or office desk, plug in and then place the silicone container directly over the base. Immediately you will notice the gravity push from the magnets activation and it stays in place immediately. Give the flower pot a twist and away it goes, its that simple.
The idea of this post is to give an overview and informative account of this Lyte levitating flower pot. It is something totally different from the mundane gardening exercises as we know them and it is a different take on how innovative and versatile indoor house planting has become. Who would have thought say, ten or twenty years ago that this was possible, well now we see it for ourselves. First the Parrot smart flower pot, that can be watered and maintained from our smartphones and now this, a levitating floating flower pot. These devices would make the perfect gift and would create a fantastic buzz with our family and friends, as it makes for a great conversational piece. Pricewise, it retails at approx $280, but its great value, for the innovative invention that we are getting.
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