“Can we create meaningful interactions with our plants, which we normally water and forget?”
MFA: Interaction / Product Collaboration
Melissa Hellmund Vega, IxD
Siddharth Hirwani, IxD
Anders Sandström, APD
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?
Pontus, in a nutshell:
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.
Our project is featured in Core77 Design Awards 2016 Interaction Awards, Student Notable.