Not all of us are cut out to take care of a plant. Does it need sunlight? Water? When? How much? 

What if our interaction with a plant is more than one-directional? How can our plant "talk" to us?

2 weeks team project with Siddharth Hirwani, Melissa Hellmund Vega, and Anders Sandström (product design).

Project task:

How can we create meaningful interaction with our plants, something that we normally water and forget?


Who is Pontus for?

 No pets allowed

No pets allowed

 Don't know how to take care of a plant

Don't know how to take care of a plant

 Feeling lonely

Feeling lonely


Pontus, in a nutshell:

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Process

Compared to regular household pets, plants are both easier and harder to care for. Easier because they simply need water and sunlight, but also harder because they are unable to provide relative quick feedback unlike a pet. By the time we notice something is wrong (yellowing, wilting), often it is too late.

Pontus is our concept to provide enhance feedback for people with plants. It gives your plant a voice and allows itself to express itself via audio and light, the combination of which gives it a personality that you learn and adapt to gradually. Just like dog owners learn to understand their dog over time, you will learn to understand your plant. Does it need water? Does it need sunlight? Pontus will let you know.