Gadgets & Stuff: PlantCam?

November 17, 2009.  Every now and then I come across a gadget that I can’t resist posting about.  Yes I know posting might give some free publicity, but … you can take a quick look at past posts in Gadgets & Stuff category and you’ll see most ask, with a slight touch of sarcasm, “Really?”

You know the Facebook adds that pop up on the right side of the page; those the Facebook gurus suspect you might be interested in based on your activity?  The ones most of us ignore?

This one popped up on my Facebook page today, and for the life of me I cannot figure out why anyone would use this product.  Couldn’t you just walk outdoors and watch your flower blossom – in real time with real eyes?

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The Timelapse PlantCam automatically takes photos of your garden growing and stitches them together to create a fast-forward movie!

Am I missing something here? Is this really worth $79 … even with free shipping?

If anyone out there in Internet land has used PlantCam, I’d love to hear about your experience – positive or negative.  I’m trying to keep an open mind.  I suppose it could be a nice gesture to set one of these gadgets up so a bedridden gardener can view the progression outside where they cannot wander.  But, the web ad does not give enough information for me to even consider the PlantCam for this use – hell, I can’t even get their informational website video to run well!  How long does PlantCam record?  How large a view does it record?  What’s the resolution (my favorite photographer will like this question!)?  How tall is the mounting stake and is it adjustable?  And, how sturdy can what appears to be a single mounting pole really be?

In my yard, one run through by a mole or vole would topple the PlantCam in an instant.  Hmmm … wait a minute … I wonder if I could entice one of my really savvy underground rodents to pull the PlantCam down into its tunnel.  Then I could watch these little creatures as they devour the roots of my plants.  Maybe the PlantCam comes with a strap that would allow said rodent to mount it on its back.  RodentCam!  Or, perhaps the PlantCam people could come up with the DeerCam … simply provide a larger strap so gardeners could sneak up to one of these monster rodents, hook on the Cam, and then we could record deer eating our vegetation.  Now either of these would be useful!

Take note PlantCam people.  You’re going to have to come up with a whole lot more information, and do a bang-up job of convincing, for me to believe this product has any value.  And, for the sake of full disclosure, I am not seeking a freebie to test, nor do I … thank goodness … have a financial tie with any PlantCam manufacturer, distributor, or advertising agency.

6 comments for “Gadgets & Stuff: PlantCam?

  1. November 17, 2009 at 11:01 am

    Whahahahahahaha! RodentCam! Got me going this morning!

    I agree, why not just go out and watch the flowers bloom?

  2. joenesgarden
    November 17, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Thanks, Janie. You offer some great advice for building rain gardens. Anyone interested in this topic might want to read Janie’s post. Just click on her name and you’ll be directed to her site.

  3. November 18, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Hello,

    This is too funy….

    I mean, what is the point of gardening if you don’t go outside to enjoy the fruits (flowers) of your labor?

    I found our blog on Blotanical – Welcome!

  4. joenesgarden
    November 18, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Thanks for visiting, Noelle. I’m going to really enjoy looking at your blog photos when we’re covered in snow in New England.

  5. November 19, 2009 at 3:27 am

    Actually, I think it’s a great product. Think what a great blog post it would make to have a video of one of your plants growing. Think how nice it would be in the middle of winter to be able to look back and watch your garden developing. And as a teacher i could think of thousands of ways to use it – caterpillars becoming pupae then turning into butterflies, seed pods developing and bursting, leaves turning from green to brown. Oh, I want one!

  6. joenesgarden
    November 19, 2009 at 7:31 am

    Sue,
    Thanks for offering another viewpoint. I can see how you might be able to use time-lapsed photos in the classroom and elsewhere. I’m just not convinced this particular product is the way to do so. There is simply not enough information available on the website to convince me it is worth the money. If you get one, please let me know how it works.

    Oh yeah, I love your tradescantia. I’m able to enjoy my T. ohiensis during spring and summer and I adore their deep purple/blue blossoms.

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