Project Aim:
“To design an engaging way to grow fruits, herbs and vegetables that will reacquaint users with the natural world and help bridge the gap between black thumb to green. The progress of the plants growth should be communicated through using human touch sensing technology and stimulate the involvement of an online and offline community, which should increase access to healthy nutritious food.”

The combination of high density urban living and living busier lives has lead to a decline in homegrown food and the skills and knowledge needed to maintain edible plants.

“If a smart garden can be developed to improve the sustainability of communities in urban living?”

Nouvi is a working prototype of an interactive, touch and gesture recognition plant and planter design.

Incorporating cutting edge sensor technology into a passive hydroponic setup. Connecting household plants to the Internet of things and in doing so simplifying the complex but highly efficient growing technique of hydroponics.

Tactile interaction with the plants provides visual feedback through integrated LEDS giving the user an indication of the health of the plant and what user inputs are required to keep the plant alive and healthy in an indoor environment. This activity can also be tracked on a custom app developed alongside the product.

A variety of techniques were used to create Nouvi including, slip casing, glass blowing and 3D printing the form of the product was able to be achieved as well as skill development was enhanced.
Documentation of the process and experiences were documented through daily vlogging, where challenges and achievements were shared with viewers.

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Sarah Mote
Junior Industrial Designer