New Use Case of Koubachi App: Facilitating Plant Sitting during Vacation

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[] Zurich, Switzerland - According to Koubachi, clever users have pointed out a way to leverage the Koubachi plant care app to ensure professional plant care while on vacation - even if the plant sitter has no green thumb. Instead of writing down the care requirements of each plant on a sheet of paper or explaining it to the plant sitter in a time-consuming tour, they have installed the Koubachi app on the iPhone of the plant sitter.

By signing in directly to the plant owner's Koubachi account, the plant sitter then immediately gains access on his own iPhone to all the information and advice required to take good care of the plants. "In this way, the plant care advices from our intelligent Plant Care Engine, including notifications of when to water or fertilize the plants are pushed down to the iPhone of the plant sitter" explains Philipp Bolliger, CEO of Koubachi.

Users report that this tool facilitates the search for a plant sitter. Now, even those friends and family members who are not reputed to have a particularly green thumb can be considered. People also more willingly take on plant care responsibilities, because Koubachi takes away their concerns of doing something wrong.

"We are delighted that our users use Koubachi in innovative ways and tell us about their positive experiences," concludes Philipp Bolliger. "Leveraging Koubachi for plant sitting during vacation time is an interesting approach that we will explore and pursue further. In the meantime and as a first step, a simple guide on how to set up Koubachi for plant sitting is now available on our website."

The iPhone app "Koubachi" is an interactive plant care assistant and gives your plant a voice. You will never forget to water or fertilize your plant again, neither do you have to wonder about or search for the right care instructions. Just add the plant to your virtual garden in the app, calibrate the plant once and from that moment on, the smart Koubachi Plant Care Engine will take over. Koubachi will then remind you when your plant needs water, a spray application, or when it's time to add fertilizer to the water. Depending on the plant type, season and your climate zone, Koubachi provides you with exact care information based on detailed research.

Koubachi includes the following features:
* Individual care plan for each plant with the Koubachi Plant Care Engine
* Plant library containing most common species (continuously growing)
* Over-the-air plant library updates
* Push notification when a task is due
* Personalized timing of notifications
* Intuitive wizard to help determine the plant species
* Selection of various pot shapes & colors
* Integration of pictures of your plant
* Feedback function in case plant species are missing

Device requirements
* Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
* Requires iOS 3.1.2 or later
* 12.5 MB

Pricing and availability:
Koubachi 1.2.1 is available for free on the App Store in the Lifestyle category.

Koubachi AG is located in Zurich, Switzerland, and was founded in 2009 by alumni of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the University of St.Gallen (HSG). Koubachi's goal is to make plant care a simpler yet more powerful user experience. Copyright (C) 2011 Koubachi AG. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.


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