Xiaomi Mi Flora Smart (multi-sensor for Bluetooth plants)

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Proconductor: Xiaomi
Category: Sensore
Type: Multi-sensor for plants (humidity, temperature, luminosities, nutrients)
Technology: Wi-Fi
Installation difficulties: Bassa
Ease of use: Middle / High
Availability: Amazon
Review review: 1.1
Xiaomi Mi Flora Smart
WELCOME, FLORA 2.0

Plants, you know, need of love and care, a cure that is often involuntarily incompatible with the frenetic pace of modern life. Water, light, the right temperature and the right nutrients: few elements that, if guaranteed, lead to the well-being of any plant and, vice versa, in the absence cause itappassumption, sometimes definitive.

Xiaomi Mi Flora Smart - verticalNew technologies come to our aid and to our poor plants: Xiaomi Mi Flora Smart it is in fact the economic but functional solution of Xiaomi to guarantee to those who have the need (but not only this, as we shall see) to monitor the environmental quality of the profirst plants.

Xiaomi Mi Flora Smart is a home automation sensor Bluetooth LE able to detect, once positioned in the earth of a vase, three determinant measures for a plant's ecosystem:

  • soil moisture;
  • amount of nutrients present in the soil;
  • room temperature (with a deviation of 0.5 degrees Celsius)
  • illumination in lux (from 0 to 100.000 lux)

These measures are surveyed, as we will see, means app mobile (but, as we will see, also in other contexts) and contribute, through it, to the correct "governance" of the environment where the plant is located.

Xiaomi Mi Flora Smart looks like a small battery-powered unit in CR2032 format of oblong shape, thinned, of the length of approximately 12 cm. The upper part of the unit, in white polycarbonate, contains the electronics and the two temperature sensors and thelumination; the underside, in stainless steel, is composed of two sheets (to be placed inside the soil) which measure absolute humidity and quantity of nutrients in the soil.

Xiaomi Mi Flora Smart - Functional scheme

Installation

Xiaomi Mi Flora Smart - Schema

The installation is rather trivial: after inserting the power supply battery in the upper body it is sufficient to "plant" the sensor from the side of the black sheets directly in the soil of the plant to be monitored. Subsequently it is possible, through the municipality app Xiaomi Mi Home (For Android e iOS, typically used to configure and manage the components of the Xiaomi family) or theapp Flower Care (For Android e iOS) configure the sensor (or sensors) following a few, rapid recognition and association steps.

Once theapp to the sensor (or to the sensors), it is possible to associate the latter with the relative plants (choosing among more than 3000 types of plants, taking care to identify them through the profirst Latin name - in this Google is our friend more than ever). This will help theapp, as we will see, to the optimal management of the plant through the detections of the sensors of the Xiaomi Mi Flora Smart.

The Xiaomi multisensor is not approved for driving rain, so outdoor installation is not recommended. It is in fact a solution best suited for internal use. It supports splashing and irrigation.

Functionality

Theapp (we will take as reference the more specific one, "Flower Care"), as can be guessed, is able to provide real-time readings regarding the various metrics detectable by the sensor Xiaomi Mi Flora Smart. The really interesting thing is not so much to know if the earth needs to be moistened and / or fertilized - which is useful in any case - as much as the capacity on the part of theapp to warn us about what and how it can / should be improved in the specific plant environment: as sappLet's not all plants have the same needs: more water, less water, more alone, less sun, everything is relative to the type.

A cinematographic quote and a smile to understand the concept: with Xiaomi Mi Flora Smart we can say enough - because you are alerted at the right time - to situations like the one that follows.

Since Xiaomi Mi Flora Smart uses proBluetooth LE connection package, this sensor cannot be registered remotely via theapp Xiaomi Mi Home (the one usually assigned to this function for Xiaomi family devices) because, to connect to the sensor it is necessary to be in prosolidarity of the same. This proproblem, as we will see shortly, can be easily circumvented.

Upon successful connection the sensor prosees to transmit to theapp the survey history starting from the last synchronization performed, thus synchronizing the entire available data. THE'appfinally, it allows to analyze the trend of surveys on a basis daily / weekly / monthly:

Xiaomi Mi Flora Smart - App

Compatibility

The degree of compatibility recognized by produttore - outside of that, native, with the app Xiaomi Mi Home e Flower Care it is, quite simply, nothing. Xiaomi Mi Flora Smart indeed it does not support nor Amazon Echo (Alexa)Nor Google Home (Assistant), least of all Appthe HomeKit or IFTTT.

As we shall see in the following paragraph, this is easily solved.

Domotics integrability

In terms of home automation integrability, the solution does not present proproblems of any kind.

HOME ASSISTANT

Home Assistant it can easily integrate this (if Raspberry or a computer with a Bluetooth antenna is used as a server) Xiaomi Mi Flora Smart: A ad hoc component in fact it allows the acquisition of the four readings provided by the sensor (or by the sensors, having different ones) in the form of individual sensors of different nature. This translates into the enormous advantage of not only having a home automation component, but four that can be used individually in the field automation as well as in the context of ordinary consultation, also from remote. Among other things, the temperature sensors e luminosities provide an indirect reading of these parameters relative to the room in which they are positioned - i proverbal two birds with one stone.

In terms of automation, it is interesting the idea of ​​making one that, based on the sensor reading, decides if and when to irrigate the plant (s). The sensor of thelumination (very comfortable, with a lux reading) is also convenient for defining automations based on the level of thelumination of rooms.

The wide margin of integrability compensates widely the non-existent degree of compatibility of this multisensor, providing, among other things, more functions (indirect) than were originally planned.

To the sensor integration with Home Assistant we have dedicated a specific guide.

HOMEBRIDGE

Even Homebrige, like Home Assistant, does not disdain full integration with Xiaomi Mi Flora Smart: A ad hoc plugin allows the same degree of integration as above, thus also guaranteeing users AppHomeKit full compatibility. The considerations related to remote control and automation are equally valid - contextualized, obviously, with the world Appthem.
Sensor integration with Homebridge we have dedicated a specific guide.


Also openHAB, with a hair more fatigue (not a result addon but of workarounds) manages to integrate piousnameMarketplace Xiaomi Mi Flora Smart. Not least, Domoticz.

Evaluation

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Media
Xiaomi Mi Flora Smart - Acquistas su Amazon"Xiaomi Mi Flora Smart”Is a trivial and functional solution to a problema old as the world: Should I water? Do I have to water? It needs more light or less light, it's cold, it's hot, why do all the plants die?

This is a multisensor that not only helps us to manage plants, but with the very high degree of integration it indirectly allows us to also equip ourselves with environmental sensors that are, like sappwe are among the most important levers in the field of personal domotics.

The cost is in the end small, given the many things it is able to do: the device is well built (like all the now prodotti Xiaomi) and won us over for its simplicity and its given value, above all, alongside his applished here which, for us, understands and makes us understand what our plants need.

Promoved, we like it, good Xiaomi.

Xiaomi Mi Flora Smart - Packaging


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