From human-centered to life-centered-design
Spore helps houseplants and individuals to meet as equals: Instead of creating yet another gardening gadget that informs the owner about the plant's vital needs, we wanted to explore how they communicate their presence as living beings. So we created a product that allows exploring the plant's activity, communication and wellbeing through different sound landscapes.
User-centred and human-centred design had its time and place in history. Facing the current environmental crisis we have to accept that the world consists not only of the human species but also of many many more. Designing only with the human perspective in mind has put us in the situation we find ourselves in today. Thus it is crucial that we start thinking about how design could become a tool that serves different lifeforms and different ecosystems.
Spore is a device that can be used by one plant at a time. This way the human can focus on the a single plant and give it more attention. The use of Spore is as a meditative and calming action that focuses on a poetic experience rather than on pure usability.
How it works
Spore consists of 3 parts: a sensor unit, the speaker and a charging tray.
Both the speaker and the sensor can be charged on the tray. To use Spore the sensor is positioned inside the soil of the selected plant. The product can be used for many plants but only one plant at a time. By placing the sensor in the pot, both sensor and speaker activate and connect. The volume of the different channels can be adjusted on the turntable rings of the speaker.