The Tamagotchi Effect

This clever device, called PowerPlant, gives users a visual (and organic) reward for using less energy at home. Wireless transmitters fitted to the main power and water supplies regulate the amount of water the plant receives- the less energy used, the more regular watering the plant receives! The emotional link people have to the living plant (AKA the Tamagotchi effect) is sure to motivate awareness of their individual carbon footprints and help them track their environmental progress. 

As for the device itself, it’s constructed of 80% recycled and reclaimed material.

Designer: Liam Higton-Shirt

11 Comments

  • Zune says:

    Weird. I’m not sure I understand how this product works. It seems like you’re buying a mass produced product that uses electricity to monitor your electricity usage and to water a plant?
    Why not save electricity and water by consciously monitoring your electricity usage (at the meter, or via your monthly bill) and save the treated water from your tap by letting the environment supply water to the plants?

    The renders don’t show a plant growing or being watered. Is it a virtual plant? What’s the wicker for?

    Personally I think it’s backwards to use something in order to remind yourself to use less of that same thing.

  • darren says:

    i think they do pretty much on show off styling stuffs from one of philips staff. personally, i cant see the value of having this product.

  • Jimmy C says:

    This is a good idea up to a point. I think you should be afraid of overwatering.

  • darren says:

    then hopefully, this product will release to market soon or just play child-game for fun. 🙂

    I can’t wait to buy one!

  • rupert says:

    i really like the idea. do you mind if i steal it for my project?

  • rupert says:

    great idea. do you mind if i steal it for an upcoming project?

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