During the pandemic, many people have turned to caring for plants in their homes to help them relax and deal with all the trauma. Since we all stayed at home most of the time, it was easy to keep an eye on these plants most of the time. But now that many people are returning to work in their offices or traveling for longer periods of time, it can be a little harder to keep an eye on the plants we leave at home. Product designers have therefore come up with various concepts to help plant mums and dads take care of their “pets”.
Creators: Yunjeong Bae, Eojin Roh
This concept product is something that can serve as a butler for your plants left at home. His name is Purtler or a combination of plant and butler. It doesn’t necessarily come off the tongue that easily, but there is room for improvement later. But for now, that’s what we call this device that will be able to take a closer look at your plants thanks to a camera and a connected application. This should help factory owners, especially those who may still be relatively new to this.
The Purtler’s design takes inspiration from plants and organic life forms to match what it’s meant to look like. The backing looks like a long piece of leaf with water droplets. The lower part can even be used as a shelf for things like books and other decorations. But the main thing you’ll notice is that there’s an ‘eye’ at the top which is actually where the camera is placed. The web camera-like device lets you take a closer look at how things like temperature and humidity affect plants.
There is a product rendering of the appearance of the app and this is where you will be able to track information about your plants. It doesn’t really show how exactly the plants are being monitored, but what it would look like in the app. The camera part is not necessarily hidden because the designers wanted it to literally keep an eye on your plants. It is also designed to be part of your furniture as the leaf silhouette can add to the ambiance of your living room.