Mindful Living: A Planter That Questions Your Relationship to Technology

The flip side to having so much information at our fingertips is that sometimes we have too much information at our fingertips. This planter meets technology hub, created by a group called the Consortium for Slower Internet, reminds us to put down our phone and remember that some of the best things in life come to us slowly and steadily (much like growing plants). It's a nice visual reminder, as well as a handy and attractive piece for the home.

The planter set, part of the Consortium's Cybernetic Meadow Collection, comprises a wi-fi router, concrete planter, phone dock with cork base, concrete photo display with oak slats, and a printed copy of Richard Brautigan's All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace" from 1967.

The Consortium amusingly promises the wi-fi planter "will not make your Internet slower, but does require periodic watering and care."

The Consortium for Slower Internet hopes this line of products will lead to questions like:

- How can computing be more like gardening?
- What does a smart phone have in common with a succulent?
- What are the benefits of a slower internet?

Sam Kronick, founder of the Consortium for Slower Internet explains:

The Cybernetic Meadow Collection, is a line of products juxtaposing consumer electronics with beautiful plant specimens. The idea behind the pieces is to "reorient your relationship to consumer electronics in your home."

(Images: as linked above)