Plants Tell You What They Want

Growing plants would be a lot easier if plants could express what it is they need from you. Fret not because that’s what the Pet Plant by Junyi Heo does. The very sleek looking pot measures soil conditions, temperature, humidity, and water – calculates those variables based on the need of said plant, and expresses its condition via a series of pictograms on an LCD display.

It’s also smart enough to know if you’ve over watered and will systematically drain itself into a water vessel. All this high tech goodness does mean it needs power but a simple USB interface does double duty by charging and transmitting pertinent information to and from computer software.

Designer: Junyi Heo

233 Comments

  • Gustavo says:

    How can I buy this??

  • phi says:

    the idea is very nice, but couldn’t it be a little bit more descrete. and not this big display with this (are they speakers) blue illuminated circles on the sides. imagine you have a lot of plants in your room.
    so its not more than a nice little gadget, like all these usb toys.

    • Jeff says:

      I think the main purpose of this pot is not like you said. maybe it would be better this pot is on the desk. because it is used USB and tiny size. Maybe girls like it.

      • Rich says:

        Maybe it could make crying sounds when its thirsty in the middle of the night.

  • Shiella says:

    Nice pot. I want one.

  • I want one. Where can i buy oone?

  • CoolCriSyS says:

    This is a must have for the workplace desk!

  • Junyi Heo says:

    Thank you guys for interesting my work. ^_____^

  • rasmusjp says:

    yes, very cute, but it should feature optional settings, seeing as how different plants require different conditions.

  • siat says:

    Looks an awful lot like this project – Greenmo

    • Junyi Heo says:

      Well…concept is similar as you said.
      Did you design that? I saw the first updating date at the your blog.(February 10, 2008)
      But this work is for ‘2007 Korea design exhibition’ and I was ‘product design part winner.’
      Then, now this design is little bit differrent because I redesign, but concept is same.
      If you want I can email you my ‘2007 work data’.
      so, please misunderstand. ^__^;

      • roman says:

        is the products launch in the market? Maybe i open the moulding and launch it. Pls send me the new design

  • I want one. Where can i buy oone?

  • Niels says:

    It is an interesting concept. I think there is one problem with defining what kind of plant you have in the pot. The pot itself can calculate a lot but my guess is that users have to enter which kind of plant it is themselves.

    We wrote about the usability of the icons on our site (have a look) and it would have been nice if the icons were related to ‘plants’ and not to ‘human’ facial expressions. Ever seen a happy or sad plant?

    • Junyi Heo says:

      Thank you for your pointed question.^^
      Digital pot don’t need to have lots of data for plants user have in the pot. If you buy plants for digital pot, just connect to PC and download information(rose, herb, whatever.).
      Then feed plants. that’s it.
      I don’t know which company will make this program. But, if this digital pot been the commercial product, the company should make the program for customer.

      And second question, of course I never seen a happy or sad plant, just I guess that maybe the plant which is dried with out people’s care feels sad. Then I thought if plant could express something like baby or pet, people take care of them. so I use human expression.

      • Niels says:

        Hi Junyi Heo,

        Good to hear that you did consider these points. Regarding the PC and downloading the information; it is possible of course, but it probably makes your target group a lot smaller. You have to be a real plant lover to take this effort. But it still could be a big target group, I did not check that of course!

        I follow your reasoning regarding the icons for happy and sad faces. But why not associate the icons with the actual status of the plant? Like hanging leafs when he is dried out or no leafs only twigs when he hasn’t had water for a while and is near dying? A well, maybe it is a matter of taste, I thought it would be better for the usability.
        (I also wrote an article + usability of the concept).

        • Maximo says:

          I think the idea of the face is great! You would be able to “see” the plant’s hanging leafs when it starts to dry and twigs when it hasn’t had water for a while so and LCD showing just that would be redundant. And furthermore, this has to be understood as a decoration item, not a useful gadget. For that matter, a single wire that could be fit in any pot to analyze soil data would be a lot more useful and cost-effective.

          Junyi Heo, where is it for sale???

  • DonDoggy says:

    Nice i like it, but where can i buy this? Is/will it available in germany?

  • max says:

    Really like that! 🙂

  • Criss says:

    Me Gustaria comprar unas donde la venden ?

    How can I buy this??

  • julie says:

    omg, this is one of the greatest things invented. the idea is simply superb.. and very cute :o)

  • laptop says:

    I know there are digital picture frames that you can use all year, but, I was looking for a way to display them during the holidays, especially Christmas. I could only find one kind of digital photo ornament on the market and they only came in 3 colors and were round, kind of boring. Then the other day I came across a brand new digital photo ornament that is not even available yet, but the company is taking pre-orders and will start shipping in June ‘08. The digital photo ornaments are amazing and come in all shapes and sizes and they have free shipping.

  • Stumpy says:

    Informarion? (Third picture)

  • jin_woo_han says:

    나라면 사겠어요 ㅋ

  • Yes please! I’d like to have it for my Chinese Elm (Bonsai Tree) please

    Regards

    Jehanzeb

  • Briahlen says:

    When will this become available to purchase? I’d really like to buy one

  • zed says:

    WOW , such a great idea!! i want one NOW , where to buy ?!

  • Thimphon says:

    I really love your idea since I saw it posted on the magazine.
    I’m really interested of having one of this amazing innovative product.
    Could you please send me of where I could get this product and how much it cost???
    My other 10 friends also would like to have this as well…

    Thanks alot

  • Constantin says:

    Ich würde es jederzeit kaufen.
    Wann gibt es es den auf dem Markt?
    Bitte mich informieren.

    ICH WILL ES HABEN !!!

  • pandaaaa says:

    hi junyi heo 😀

    where can i get this ???

    btw, nicee work, this is really cool

  • Selzen says:

    Dear Sirs,

    we are in wholesaler based in Germany and are very interested in this item. Please let us know urgently wether it is already in production, what the price will be and how fast we could receive 500 pieces.

    Best regards

  • Selzen says:

    Dear Sirs,

    we are a wholesaler based in Germany and are very interested in this item. Please let us know urgently wether the item is already being produced and how fast we can receive 500 pieces. Of course we also need the price please.

    best regards

  • How can we get one? And will it retail for less than $500? lol

    When can we hook humans up to these things? lol

  • smartos says:

    WOW! Nice device! I want one just now for my girlfriend. She loves flowers!

  • Luis Becerra says:

    Any information on how to get one?

  • Christian.M says:

    I really love this and think it would be a great addition in my office at my language school. I would like one. Please contact me at [email protected] Thank you, Christian.M

  • Jay says:

    It looks great!
    This should help my business.
    I just want it..

  • Zedes says:

    if some people have problems with the faces why not have other icons that you can download along with the plant info. like different colors or maybe a stickfigure guy

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  • Кофе says:

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  • CArlitos says:

    Como pinga puedo comprar una de estas???, coño!!!

  • Marine says:

    Hey!
    I really love this!!
    I would like to know where can i find it please?
    It would be the perfect present for chrismas!!!

  • Sandra says:

    I think it will more atractive if the pot can talk, for example the pot need more water will say “Iam dying, please give me water..”

  • m* says:

    nice blog..

  • mobiliario says:

    This is a really good discussion! It is interesting that it has spanned over a few years and is still relevant. Thanks for the viewpoints – Happy 2010!

  • This is the real Green Gadget. So green no need for additional fertilizer and stuff.

  • This is the real Green Gadget. So green no need for additional fertilizer and stuff.

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  • Anne says:

    can you create a solar powered one ? plugging to usb is a hassle .
    but its quite cute !

  • Ian says:

    does any one here know where i can get this in australia??? it would make the PERFECT present for someone i know……. so any ideas??

  • Ian says:

    does any one here know where i can get this in australia??? it would make the PERFECT present for someone i know……. so any ideas??

  • thinkgadget says:

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  • thinkgadget says:

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