Budding David Attenboroughs now have a means of creating home-made documentaries of their own gardens with the Brinno GardenWatchCam. A sturdy little time-lapse digital camera, the GardenWatchCam allows you to literally watch grass grow, taking 1.3 megapixel macro images at intervals ranging from one picture a minute to one a day.

Photos are stored as JPEG images on an included 2GB USB flash drive, which can then be plugged straight into your computer and downloaded for easy playback as a movie file. The camera lens adjusts from 20 inches to infinity, so you can choose to capture the growth of a single flower or observe your entire garden. And, because the device sleeps between photos, one set of four AA batteries will last up to six months.

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Weather resistant and discreetly green, the GardenWatchCam is designed to naturally blend in to a garden. But, of course, it needn’t just be gardens you document. You could speed the painfully slow process of building a house, for example, into a two-minute masterwork of construction. Or watch leaves change color... or figure out whose dog keeps fouling your lawn.

The Brinno GardenWatchCam is available on Amazon for USD$139.95.

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