Course: Prototyping 3. Semester
Project: Plantarium  
Added value: Reduce water usage and the long ways of transportation
Group: with Ligia Dietze, Maximilian Becht, Noah Mantel
my focus : UI design, construction, concept and graphics
responsibility: Collaboration, Communication, Planning

Reflection

This Project was inspired by my Water Crisis Project. In this course Prototyping/Redesign I learned how to Redesign existing systems with new Technologies and find a new solution to make it work more efficient. During the Project we had a lot of interviews with experts to understand what the problem is and how we can find a better solution related to the user needs. This Project combines new Technologies sustainability and User Experience design in a simple use case. Through a rather explorative approach at the beginning, i learned a lot about team management after the concept phase to finally finish the prototype in time.

Plantarium

In a hydroponic system you can save up to 90% water and 55 to 85% fertilizer. Our system is unique because of its modular construction, concept and automation. Planetarium is supported by an app, from which you can get information about the status of individual modules or the whole system, no matter where you are. Our current prototype which we build to prove the concept is fully functional and our app has the necessary levels to retrieve real data from the system.

Modules

1. Basic Module: includes controls, wind shaft and basic framework. The size has been adapted to the standard kitchen norm. There five levels for your plants ( 10 slots)
2. Herb or Vegetable Modul: (Herbarium or Vegetarium) which can differ in height depending on the size of the plant.  
3. Light modules: Hang them on the desired level to adapt to the growth of the plants.
4. Fertilizer Module: provides all vegetables and herb modules with the individual amount of nutritions for them to grow two times faster.

APP

The app lets you setup your home gardening and provides you with different levels of information about the planetarium wherever you are.
Setup: create garden, modules and configure which plants are in the related module with an easy barcode scan on the seed package which are provided by us.
Home: overview of water usage and planted levels of your individual garden. A garden defines your whole system.
Module: detailed level showing you the individual information about one module (water level, EC/ PH values and current status). A module consists of a plant container and an individual light unit .
Calendar: overview about the growth stage of the plants and when they are ready to harvest.Settings: add modules, change and set sleeping time to your own sleep rhythm