1 Design

02 How It Works

LED lights along the foot of the hillside path indicate when the plants need water (yellow) and when they’re fine (green). When a user does water the plants, they will “wiggle” in response. The wiggling motion is handled by a motor beneath the flower planters (boxes) that gently shake it when triggered by the moisture sensor in the soil. The LED lights also respond to the moisture sensor and change from yellow to green accordingly as the soil gets enough water. Based on facial recognition technology, the garden learns who its friends are and over time will wiggle at them to say “hello” as they walk past.

For users who want to be a little more engaged, there is a mobile app that can tell the user more about the garden. A sign at the garden will include a (Quick Response (QR) code to a mobile Augmented Reality (AR) app, which can be downloaded. This app allows user to view parts of the garden and learn more about each flower. It may also tell the user when might be a good time to come back for specific interests: butterflies that visit at dusk, what time nightblooms might open up, etc...

We feel that the quiet, organic engagement the Weee garden provides is the ideal for enhancing the hillside users’ sanctuary and improving their daily quality of life.

Basic Interaction Design 2010   |   Human-Computer Interaction Institute   |   Carnegie Mellon University