TWC Gardening App
Student Project | Conceptual
This was a team project with a local design agency. It was based upon The Weather Channel's wish to redesign their current app to peak people's interest in the weather. After some brainstorming, we decided upon a multi-level approach toward redefining traditional gardening. The basic components would include a sensor for measuring sun, soil pH, and water balance. The sensor would be able to communicate to a website that would also be accessible as a smartphone application. Scanning the QR code (or doing a manual search) for the plant would bring up the basic needs and the information will get added to your virtual garden. From the website or app, you will be able to have a visual of all your crops. By virtue of the sensor, the weather conditions could be monitored and then translated to the care of your plants.
The far-reaching effects of this can also be translated to the social networking world. You can visit other people’s virtual gardens through your own site/app or Facebook integration can in essence create a “real life” FarmTown. You can choose to participate in community co-ops, view a relative’s garden, trade information with other users; there are many possible avenues for growth.
Education is central towards making this successful, but you can take that to whatever level you’d like. You can choose to be extremely active with the educational and social aspects of it, or if you just wish to have a service that helps you reap the benefits of growing your own food and/or having beautiful plants with minimal effort on your part, you now have something to help you on your path.