Plant-In City: talk to your plants
Plant-In City is a yet to occur modular plant art installation. The New York designers, Huy Bui, Carlos Gomez and Jon Schramm are requesting support via Kickstarter for their project which ingeniously unites plant life, architecture and intelligent infrastructures. Each frame communicates with the cloud, giving biological information about the plant habitats. A human can also interact with the system through a smart phone, administering water and monitoring the plant’s environment.
The idea started with the simple problem of wanting to keep lush plants around the house, but worrying that a busy travel schedule would only result in dried stalks. de Llarena, a media designer, thought - we live in an age where there is an app for that. So they decided to explore how technology could improve our relationships to plants.
The relatively simple idea grew more complex as they proceeded - and realised that sensors could tell us a lot more about the plant, and our own living environments. By monitoring the plant’s air quality, we learn about what we are breathing. Sensors in the irrigation system allow for water to be conserved.
To get involved via Kickstarter click here.
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