Sensor plugs into Android phones to help rural farmers

05/20/2013 | GigaOm

Startup Re:char believes a $5 device designed for Android phones can help farmers in developing nations -- and perhaps backyard gardeners in the U.S. -- by providing them with essential data about soil conditions as well as analytics and services they need to run a business and increase their productivity. Working with France Telecom's Orange service in Kenya, Re:char has developed the SoilIQ, a device that reads moisture conditions that it says can be combined with GPS readings to provide cloud-based information about the land that can also benefit fertilizer companies, government agencies and others.

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