An Engineering design fundamentals project aimed to identify a common household problem and develop a design solution for the defined problem.
Janice Chen, Sarthak Giri, Anna Lawn, Xiaolin Yang, and Logan Uretsky
Outdoors/Lawn and Garden
Identifying the Problem
As a team, we needed to narrow down the broad topic to a specific focus to tackle. We utilized a fishbone diagram to pinpoint our point of interest. As a team, we were extremely curious about how we can solve the problem of the lack of outdoor space/gardens. With a direction, we created an objective tree to plan out what the functions of the product would need to be, to meet our objective.
Use Case Flow Path
Functional Requirements of the Solution
- Single unit 24" x 8" x 8"
- Weigh no more than 50 lbs total
- Capacity to hold 20 liters of soil and 5 liters of water
- Function effectively at indoor North American growing extremes of 0 - 45-degree celsius (optimal indoor temperature for growing plants is 16 - 27 degrees celsius)
- Function effectively from 5% - 9% humidity (optimal humidity for growing is from 60-65% humidity)
- Withstand 4 ft drop without damage
- made of durable and non-toxic material, UV-stabilized Polypropylene (PP)
- Polypropylene is an extremely tough yet flexible and lightweight material. It is resistant to mold, bacteria, water, oil, rot, electricity, and chemicals.
The Final Solution
A compact and smart window box planter with all the tools, resources, and knowledge designed to guide their human in the best plant care. With an ecosystem of digital and physical products, it's easy to bring greenery into your space without any hassle or worries.
Final App Interface