PLANTANICAL

AN APP TO DIGITISE YOUR PLANTS
2021

Plantanical gives you the tools you need to effectively re-
invent gardening from home. It enables you to track and
control your plants from anywhere. Thereby it ensures
that your plants are always healthy and optimally watered. 
We designed an app with a special UX focus. Afterwards,
I additionally realized the concept from a technical point.



Idea

Plantanical digitalises your garden through sensor-connected plants. The associated app allows you to monitor and maintain your garden easily. You can add plants, connect them to sensors, enter or track relevant information and water them. But Plantanical is much more than just a monitoring app! Plantanical introduces you to the world of plants, allowing you to become a real Plantanical guru. Scan your environment and find out which plants surround you. Read interesting articles and find out what's trending in the plant world right now.

Plantanical combines these two worlds. Being smart and green. Plantanical gives you the tools you need to effectively reinvent gardening from home.



 






Process

The task was to design an app for remote plant monitoring. In an iterative process, we designed numerous ideas and concepts to optimise home gardening. Starting with user interviews and visual research, we quickly developed the first drafts in a design sprint. Those were adapted and improved as the project proceeded. In the implementation process we focused specially on the user experience. Making it a joyfull and inclusive app, following common UX rules. In addition, I also developed the concept as a coded web application that could read and analyse live tracked sensor data from my Arduino. So I got a proof of concept which allowed me to validate our theses and product idea.








Technology

The technical implementation is built as a distributed system. The system consists of 4 components. The frontend, backend, a database and a microcontroller which collects sensor data.

The microcontroller is an ESP 8266 and sends data collected by a moisture sensor via the internet. These are sent to the backend via an MQTT broker and then stored in a MongoDB database. Afterwards, data collected for a corresponding user is requested and clearly displayed in the frontend. The user can edit, analyse or add new sensors.













FACTS

2021, HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd
Visual Prototyping
Software Design
2. Semester

TYPE

Application Design
User Experience / Usability
Digitalisation / Automation
Software Design / Coding
TOOLS

Miro, Figma
Arduino (C++)
Code, MongoDB
TEAM

Fabienne Vatter
Nyal Hettmer
Tim Henrik Seib