Final Project 3

Here’s a LINK to the video presentation



Design Examples – Smart Herb Garden/Indoor Herb Garden

Design comps…I need to work on the plants a bit so they match the grid on the interface. Here’s a long shot of the interface/garden:


A close-up of the interface home. There will be labels in each planter that go in the dirt with the name of the plant AND at the other end is a smart chip that reads the stats of the plant and communicates with the interface. The grid is supposed to represent the layout of the herb garden (have to work on this). I’m thinking of using a circle with a number in it for the actions the gardener needs to take for that planter….home_off_cu

or I might just have the entire thing softly light up when actions need to be taken (or possibly have the category button light up)


process sketches:

sketches01 sketches02 sketches03

and a moodboard..moodboard

Smart Gardens

  • Describe what your interface does in 2 sentences or less.
    It communicates the information from a person’s indoor garden to that person, like when to water veggies, prune, harvest, etc. It also is a hub for people to connect with other indoor gardener’s to trade, share or purchase vegetables.
  • Who would use your interface? Anybody who would like to have an indoor garden.
  • What would they hope to gain? A healthier lifestyle, fresh veggies and herbs, save money and to interact with other people with the same interests…and to not spend a lot of time trying to manage their indoor garden as it will let the gardener know what it needs to be a healthy indoor garden and grow healthy plants.
  • What is the context/environment in which people will use your interface? Would it be used in public/private? Alone or in groups? The actual interface would be used in private homes. They could also be used in office buildings for indoor gardens at work.
  • What sorts of physical items might a user have to interact with? Seed packets, planters, plants, water containers, gardening tools, the wall mounted interface/central garden hub.
  • What questions do you need answered about your interface to see if it is necessary or effective? I’m not sure yet.

Smart Garden




3 Interface Examples and why I chose them:


1) A wall mounted touch screen monitor. This is what I want the central hub of the garden to look like. A small, simple touch screen that can be mounted onto a wall. The smart chips in the planters communicate with this device. Humans also interact with this device to manage their indoor gardens.


2) Wall mounted planters and smart chips. I really like the idea of technology balancing with nature or handmade things. The smart chips are inserted into the soil of the planter and help monitor the vegetables/herbs. This communicates the info to the central hub. The planters/garden are also an interface that people interact with to help live healthier lives.


3) A packet of seeds. I chose this because these are great interfaces. People interact with them and all the information they need to take care of their plants is on the package…plus images of the plants. These are usually visually appealing too. I’d like to translate the information from a packet of seeds into part of the data that the smart chip sends to the central hub.

Project 3 / Homework 1

The movie I watched was Iron Man 3. Some of the interfaces I took note of were:

computer/laptop/keyboard / elevators/buttons / injection gun / helmet that uses your eyes to control things / television / a crayon / a projector / ear piece with a remote controller / metal spheres that project images from inside a container (like the brain) / an iPad like device / glass-like cell phone / mirror / t-shirt with power source / glass-like wall with projected or imbedded images controlled by touch / a metal suit with super powers / a potato gun / steering wheel / Dora the Explora watch / a badge that turns people into hot lava inside their skin / video monitor / tazer / x-mas ornament bombs / eye glasses that use your eye movements to control robots


1) An interactive mirror to encourage high school students to see themselves in positive ways as adults and help them build self esteem. This will use motion tracking, touch screen and other stuff. Basically, the student can select a profession from a list and their image will be projected into that image. They will be able to move around in the projection and the clothing/profession image will track their movements and move with them. The students can “try on” different professions then tap a button on the screen to see what it takes to succeed in that profession, watch interviews with people in that profession, etc.

2) Smart Gardens. In the future, as more land will be needed to grow our fuel so we can still drive cars and the like, more people will become interested in having a small garden in their homes to grow essentials. These will be interior gardens with a touch screen interface to control the environment. These will also use smart sensors to control humidity, watering, heat, light, etc. There will be another smart sensor to detect if anyone is growing pot (sorry) and it will automatically shut down the garden.

3) Time capsules. This will be a futuristic interface for a futuristic world. Through NASA, people will be able to purchase a small time capsule (more expensive for a larger one). They can put personal belongings in them to give to future generations like heirlooms, family history, etc or things they think people might need in the future like seeds, medicine, etc. NASA will store the capsules on Mars for a minimum of 100 years. The individual can program when the capsule will return to Earth (over the minimum 100 years) plus where the capsule will land. This will use GPS, and all sorts of technology.

4) Mentor/Mentee App. This will use touch screen, GPS, telepresence, etc. Mentors and mentees will be given an iPad like device where they have access to tutorials specific to them (mentor tutorials and mentee tutorials). They can use this to communicate with each other, have group discussions, record progress, communicate with pen pals around the world, organize events, have discussions, etc. This can also be used in third world countries to help children learn.

5) Cattle or livestock tracker. This will use a google glasses device, RFID and GPS. Farmers/ranch people around the world can put a collar on their livestock (or imbed a chip if they prefer) that will track the movements, feeding habits, and health of their livestock. BUT…there is also GPS included that creates a three dimensional map of the terrain and pinpoints where each animal is and it’s unique ID. The ranch person does not have to watch the herd and can do other tasks. They can use a remote/electric shocks to herd animals back in place if they wander to far or locate them if they are in danger or sick.

6) Safety Glasses and “macelet”- but not your workshop safety glasses or fashion jewelry. These are for women to protect themselves. They are glasses they can wear that use GPS, motion tracking, heat sensors and 3d imagery. These look like normal glasses women can wear when they are by themselves. They track the movements of the people around the woman, alert her if it looks like anyone is following her, use heat sensors to alert her if anyone is lurking around a corner in the dark, etc. The “macelet” looks like a normal wrist band/bracelet (or necklace) but there is a button that can be pressed to shoot mace at an attacker and another for instant 911 notification that uses GPS to tell where the caller is. This would be faster than a cell phone.


7) Interactive Classroom. Students and teacher sit around a big table like in a conference room and have class BUT….the entire tabletop is a touch based interface. The instructor gives each student access where they are all on the same page and have access to text books, articles, instructions, lessons, everything a classroom might need right in front of them (see pic)


8) Interactive Art Gallery. People walk in and become the art through touch based interfaces where they can manipulate images, use facial recognition to insert their face into classical paintings, video to record their image and change it through visual effects or where they can select a base image and manipulate it with touch and programmed geometry (see pic)


9) Window Shopping. This will use interactive glass, a google glasses like device, RFID and maybe smart sensors. Basically, a person can stand outside of a shop and tap the window to pull up an interactive catalog of the inventory of the store. They can see prices, sizes etc. If they go inside, and they want to test it out, they can wear a google glasses device that will track their eye movements and the clothing they are looking at by displaying prices, sizes etc so the shopper can quickly decide if they want to take a closer look at the product or not. The store can also use RFID technology to send customized promotional items that the user can then redeem in the store.ImageImage