The iPad Controlled Biome Terrarium

The iPad Controlled Biome Terrarium

Gregory Han
Dec 8, 2011

We've had a long lasting love affair with terrariums of various shapes and sizes (our latest terrarium addition is quite small). But never did we think of a terrarium setup maintained and monitored using an iPad!

Samuel Wilkinson, the creative mind behind PLUMEN (the very light bulbilluminating our own bathroom), designed the Biome terrarium as a sort of meditative-escapist alternative to the typical entertainment or task oriented app. Instead of trying to deal with angry avian combatants or update a social network, Wilkinson's concept connects iPad/iPhone with a bio-feedback system for 'digital downtime', conceived with plant growth promoting lighting and customizable settings specific to the type of flora placed inside.

The Biome was one amongst a handful of tech concepts for the exhibition, Slow Tech - Designs for Digital Downtime, and our favourite of te bunch. For now, the Biome remains a one-off concept, but we hope to see it progress into something we can add to our collection of terrariums in the near future!

[Photos: Samuel Wilkinson]

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