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Brief Published: 21 Nov 2011

Smart Terrarium


‘Digital downtime’ is set to become a popular and well-established term in the fast-paced digital age. In this spirit, designer Samuel Wilkinson has created Biome – a smart terrarium that can be controlled by a smartphone or tablet.

Biome has low-energy lighting that can replicate sunlight. The smart garden also incorporates a host of sensors and allows users to control climate, water level and nutrient levels digitally.

Developed as part of the Slow Tech, Designs for Digital Downtime exhibition at this year’s London Design Festival, Biome finds an alternative use for smartphones – encouraging their owners to consider a slower life. Wilkinson says: “The control and nurturing of a real mini eco-system takes patience and care, contrasting with the immediacy of messaging or tweeting that is so characteristic of the smartphone generation.”

Samuel Wilkinson