VERTIPET

A personal light-following and self-watering robot that allows for users to grow their own herbs.

TIMELINE: 1 Month, Winter 2020
Product Design, Robotics, Conceptual Design
TOOLS USED: Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Illustrator

PROBLEM

HOW CAN WE CREATE A ROBOT THAT HELPS US WITH GROWING PLANTS IN AN URBAN HOUSEHOLD?

Unlike rural areas, growing any kind of plants in an urban setting is not ideal.

PROJECT OVERVIEW

City living has become popular over the years, with many living in complexes and often no access to land or other green spaces. A future where we must sustanably feed ourselves exists, however those living in urban areas are already at a disadvantage due to the lack of personal land and constant light sources that are otherwise available in rural areas. Additionally, the need to save space is crucial in small urban living areas, where every inch of property is valuable and not expendable.

In order to successfully grow plants, sunlight is a necessity, however, sunlight is limited in urban spaces due to towering buildings, lack of windows, etc. Some plants require immense and constant sunlight to thrive; unfortunately, this is sometimes unachievable in urban living. As the sun moves across the sky, the amount of sunlight that reaches an apartment varies; here, plants with no mobility or have a permanent placement absorb a minimum amount of sunlight each day, especially in an urban household.

VERTIPET is a robot with the function of searching for bright light sources and moving towards them while also doubling as a vertical farming system for users living in urban areas to grow their own herbs and other greens. It can be made with simple robotics and other typical household materials.

VERTIPET was created as a solution to urban farming for my design class, DESIGN FUTURES, taught by Orkan Telhan.

BENEFITS

CREATING YOUR OWN VERTIPET

Below, I've included videos that instruct on how to create your own vertipet.