Don’t Use This IoT Urn To Grow Weed From Grandma’s Ashes

Jun 15, 2017 at 4:42 PM ET

So here’s something new: an internet-connected Bios Urn grows trees from Grandma’s ashes. It’s made from recycled materials and is completely biodegradable. The creators see it as a solution to the toxic burial industry, which uses carcinogens like formaldehyde and metal caskets that don’t biodegrade. The urn monitors soil moisture and air temperature, and automatically waters the tree from its five-gallon reserve. Once the tree is big enough, it can be transplanted to the ground. For $450 you can sprout your very own death tree — or use it to grow another kind of green. Hey, we won’t tell.