product designer

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Product Comparison

One thing i've been really caught up with, is that everything has been done before- or so i keep telling myself. During my mark one presentation, I kept going back to what it 'could be' and not what 'it is'. Admittedly up until now, i've really struggled to commit to an idea and i think this is a result of a combination of the above.

Anyway, back to my mark one presentation. My lecturers Chris and Fraser made a very good point on the matter by using cars as an example- just because they already exist, doesn't mean they stop making them. At that point, I promised myself I wouldn't let this madness stop me from progressing any longer.

It was suggested that one way of moving past the barrier of 'everything has been done before' is to do product comparision. Traditionally, I take usually take to comparision site Which for a little help, but on searching nothing came up. I was starting to think, maybe there isn't as many of these home growing products as I made out.

So I decided to do a quick search on google shop and the following products came up- just to name a few:

Akarina Hydroponic Grow Light

Priced at £169.99, the Akarina hydroponic grow light provides enabling conditions for indoor growing- with no messy soil and no need to be near a window. Within the unit you can grow lettuce, herbs and even tomatoes. Alternative to soil, the product's trays are removable to enable the user to fill the compartments with a mixture of water and liquid fertiliser.

Seed Pantry

 The seed pantry is one of the cheaper products that I came across on my searches. Priced at £35, the seed pantry is designed to produce fresh food indoors with no soil, no mess and hassle free. The pod is smart, automated system for growing quicker, ready-to-eat organic plants. Personally, I prefer this product over the previous. Not only is it more affordable, but I also feel it would be much simpler to use because it has better communication with the user. For example, it uses automated; meaning it grows itself and alerts you when to water it.

The seed pantry is one of the cheaper products that I came across on my searches. Priced at £35, the seed pantry is designed to produce fresh food indoors with no soil, no mess and hassle free. The pod is smart, automated system for growing quicker, ready-to-eat organic plants. Personally, I prefer this product over the previous. Not only is it more affordable, but I also feel it would be much simpler to use because it has better communication with the user. For example, it uses automated; meaning it grows itself and alerts you when to water it.

Grass Lamp

'Grass Lamp' is one of the more expensive products that I came across. Priced at £350, the product was created as a multi-purpose object that offers greenery in urban environments- while enabling users to easily grow and harvest their own wheatgrass. Generally, I like the product's overall appearance because it has a very minimal, modern feel to it. 

KRYDDA/VÄXER 

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KRYDDA/VÄXER is a hydroponic gardening kit designed by the king of flatpack furniture- IKEA. You can probably tell from my previous blog posts, that I like this one. Priced at £75, this product allows people to grow and harvest crops for consumption within the home. What I find fascinating about this, is that allows the user to follow the process of growing- from seed to harvest.

Conclusions from this exercise:

  • I want to create a product that will allow the user to experience the process of growing- from planting the seed to harvest. So, perhaps my product should only be partially automated e.g. a form of technology that alerts the user when needing fed/ watered/ harvested. 
  • I would like make my product as accessible and affordable as possible.
  • I want to explore other places in the home where crops can be grown- other than desktops.
Rebecca Williamson