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1. Parrot Flower Power
Soon you won't need a green thumb to keep houseplants happy . Just insert this battery-operated sensor into indoor soil to track light, humidity and temperature.... more 
Photo by: Parrot
1. Parrot Flower Power
Soon you won't need a green thumb to keep houseplants happy . Just insert this battery-operated sensor into indoor soil to track light, humidity and temperature. Choose the type of potted plant you want to monitor from a library of 6,000 species via an app, and you'll be alerted when it needs more water, sun or fertilizer. Available later this year. Price to be determined; Parrot.com

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Thu, Feb 14, 2013 2:06 PM EST
By Stephanie Emma Pfeffer



Sometimes all it takes is a smart product to save your sanity. We rounded up some of our favorite new developments that are either out now or hitting shelves in the next few months. From high-tech devices to simple, wish-we'd-thought-of-that tools, these low-cost innovations (most under $50!) can help you

feel healthier, safer or more prepared-all the while easing everyday life.

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