Biome Smart Terrarium by Samuel Wilkinson
by Harry / November 9, 2011

An iPhone/iPad controlled flora terrarium by Samuel Wilkinson promotes 'digital downtime' by finding an alternative use for smartphones encouraging users to consider a slower life.

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A flora terrarium that "works a little like a live tamagotchi", Biome's climate, water level and nutrients are controlled using a smartphone or iPad.


Says Wilkinson, "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."


The smart garden has low energy lighting that can replicate sunlight and contains sensors that link back to the device when connected. Biome is designed to incorporate different types of environment; tropical, desert, even herb garden and can be "easily controlled by even the least green-fingered of users."

Biome was developed for an exhibition titled Slow Tech - Designs for Digital Downtime at trend agency Protein's exhibition space last month. The exhibition was curated by Henrietta Thompson, editor-at-large at Wallpaper*.


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