Portable planter sticks greenery to windows
Sometimes even the most simple everydayitems can benefit from a little bit of outside the box thinking. Takethe humble flower pot – it might seem like a perfectly functionalsolution to growing plants inside the home, but isn't there a betterway? Well, creators of the Livi planter certainly think so, with theproduct allowing you to position plants on both verticle andhorizontal surfaces, while giving them a little more character. Theproject is currently seeking crowdfunding backers via Kickstarter.
There's nothing exactly revolutionaryabout the Livi planter – it's essentially just a flower pot that you canalso stick to windows and other surfaces – but the projectscreators hope that it will change the way we view plants, drivinghome the fact that they're living entities by making them, well,cuter.
With four micro-suction pads on theproducts' "arms," the idea is to allow users to grow their favouritegreenery pretty much anywhere, even if they're lacking window ledgespace. The design allows it to sit upright on flat surfaces as wellas sticking to vertical ones, and you can either plant flowers, herbsor other greenery directly into the Livi, or just place anappropriate pot inside it.
The planter attaches to vertical surfaces via a nanotechnology called micro-suction tape. The tape hosts hundreds of microscopic air pockets, which create tiny partial vacuums when pushed onto a flat surface. The tech allows the planter to be repeatedly re-bonded to surfaces without leaving any residue, and the connection it provides is pretty strong , with a 4 x 1 in (10 x 2.5 cm) piece of tape able to hold up a 1-lb (0.45-kg) piece of steel.
The early prototypes of the planter were made using a Makerbot Replicator 2 3D printer, allowing the team to quickly revise and test the product during development.
It's a simple idea, but provides anattractive way to grow plants inside, on windows, stuck to the sideof your fridge, or pretty much anywhere there's a flat surface.
The Livi planter has just hitKickstarter, where it aims to raise US$23,500. The product is pricedquite reasonably, with a pledge of $12 securing one planter – providing theproject hits its goal. If everything goes smoothly, the company isaiming to ship units in September this year.