Now you can control plants with your iPhone. London based designer Samuel Wilkinson has designed a flora terrarium that links to your iPad or iPhone. The climate conditions, water level, and nutrients of this innovative terrarium, dubbed Biome are controlled via an application for smartphones and iPads. Low-energy lighting built into the top of the terrarium can replicate sunlight, while the temperature and other conditions are likewise viewable and manipulatable via the application.
Wilkinson likens the device to a ‘live tamagotchi’, reflecting:
“The idea promotes ‘digital downtime’ by finding an alternative use for smartphones and encouraging their owners to consider a slower life. the control and nurturing of a real mini eco-system takes patience and care, contrasting with the immediacy of messaging or tweeting that is so characteristic of the smartphone generation.”