I was recently Inspired to build a hydroponic gardening system of my own. The system works by having a pump which periodically sends a liquid nutrient to the top of a plant tower seated in the window. The nutrients then trickle down through the various plant root systems, which are suspended in clay pellets. My inspiration came after discovering the ways in which over 2 billion people living in cities all across the world are beginning to bring gardens into their homes, on their roofs, and more. Much of my time is spent working with technology and quite frequently staring at a computer far longer than I should be. I wanted a way to bring a bit of the outside world into my home as well as re-kindle my relationship with gardening.
While I am by no stretch of the imagination against the idea of having technology in our homes and lives, I have a deep fascination with the the idea of a healthy and balanced style of life. Where the physical world, and nature are not excluded from what we do simply by the technology that voids our need to interact with such objects.
Within a healthy home environment I believe that the balance between natural and artificial should be at a 1:1 ratio. My belief stems from the idea that with each piece of technology that we acquire, we should remain aware of that which is natural and sustainable. Whether its about growing your own food or building an indoor/outdoor garden we learn a lot from the natural world. I often incorporate this idea within the designs and products that I create, and with that I hope to encourage the people who use them to think beyond the devices capabilities and branch out to create balanced home lives.
To check out one of my favorite products: The IoT based app controlled planter created by the well known drone company Parrot click here.