The Python plant-watering PC

It might work like a breakfast machine from Wallace & Gromit, but this life hack could be just the thing to help out PC Pro publisher Tim Danton, who’s been bemoaning the sickliness of his pot plants since he moved into his very own (very tidy) office.

The ingenious software/physical interface creates a low-tech chain reaction watering system, sparked by ejecting the CD tray on a PC tower.

According to the brains of the operation, Bill Snitzer, the “automatic watering system” runs a Python script (as opposed to a rootkit), which kicks in after 6.5 days to freshen up the foliage.

Unfortunately for Tim, it won’t make calls to Domino’s for him to compete his office happiness with a four-cheese special.

We reckon, however, that by sending a large, blank Word document to a web-connected home printer, it would kick out enough sheets of paper to trigger a counter-balance reaction to feed the cat.

Anyone got any other ideas for useful freebie robotics?

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