Sometimes even the most simple everyday items can benefit from a little bit of outside the box thinking. Take the humble flower pot – it might seem like a perfectly functional solution to growing plants inside the home, but isn't there a better way? Well, creators of the Livi planter certainly think so, with the product allowing you to position plants on both verticle and horizontal surfaces, while giving them a little more character. The project is currently seeking crowdfunding backers via Kickstarter.
There's nothing exactly revolutionary about the Livi planter – it's essentially just a flower pot that you can also stick to windows and other surfaces – but the projects creators hope that it will change the way we view plants, driving home the fact that they're living entities by making them, well, cuter.
With four micro-suction pads on the products' "arms," the idea is to allow users to grow their favourite greenery pretty much anywhere, even if they're lacking window ledge space. The design allows it to sit upright on flat surfaces as well as sticking to vertical ones, and you can either plant flowers, herbs or other greenery directly into the Livi, or just place an appropriate 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 an attractive way to grow plants inside, on windows, stuck to the side of your fridge, or pretty much anywhere there's a flat surface.
The Livi planter has just hit Kickstarter, where it aims to raise US$23,500. The product is priced quite reasonably, with a pledge of $12 securing one planter – providing the project hits its goal. If everything goes smoothly, the company is aiming to ship units in September this year.
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