As a reaction against IoT purely becoming a method to increase our lives' efficiency, I argue that efficiency without certain responsibilitie is undesirable. An important part of being human is caring for others; be it things, human beings, or plants. Without care, we are no different machines, and therefore making a plant pot that removes the caring element from us is desirable. Instead of making a self-water IoT device attached to a water pump, I seek to animate the plant and re-emphasis the human-plant relationship. Currently your plant will text you when it needs more water, and fades back into background when its happy.
Most current indoor plant growing product seeks to make efficient the process of growing plants by reducing human intervention. This means that humans no longer are required to directly water the plants (Aerogarden, Click and Grow, etc).
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