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Federico MarquesBy Federico Marques
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Federico MarquesBy Federico Marques
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$3,312
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, November 1 2014 5:17 AM UTC +00:00

About

Our Story

When I founded Living Systems in 1999, I was a strong believer in the beneficial properties of plants. From cleaning the air to enhancing productivity, studies have shown that plants have the ability to make a significant positive impact on any human environment. The only problem was keeping them alive. Every plant I attempted to nurture in my home or office ended up withered, dry, and was eventually thrown out. Upon looking into the reasons for my “brown thumb”, I found that the most common cause for premature plant death was due to over or under watering. I also discovered that I was not alone in facing this problem. To solve this crisis once and for all, a team was assembled, and together we developed what would eventually become the first prototype of the waterPixie.

 waterPixie Today 

Over the years, the design and engineering of the waterPixie journeyed through several iterations. As technology improved, battery life and other challenges were overcome, and we arrived at the design we have today. The waterPixie is a smart plant sensor that alerts you when your plants need water. It has been designed to live permanently in the soil and serves as a personal guardian for each plant in your home. With absolutely no set-up required, the waterPixie is a device that allows anyone to set it and forget it. When your plants need water, the waterPixie will let you know by emitting a chime and a flash of light (the waterPixie’s light sensor turns off the chime at night so you can sleep). Once the soil is watered, the waterPixie goes silent and won’t alert you again until the plant once again needs more water.

waterPixie Ecosystem

Hub & Mobile App - Developed with your help, Kickstarter!

The next phase in our development is to enable your smartphone to connect with multiple waterPixies throughout your home or office. To achieve this, the team at Living Systems developed the waterPixie Hub.  The waterPixie Hub will plug into any standard electrical outlet and will allow your waterPixie to communicate with the associated waterPixie mobile app on your smart phone (iOS and Android).  Each waterPixie Hub will be able to sync with up to 10 waterPixies allowing you to monitor multiple plants in one place while on the go. 


Currently under development, the waterPixie mobile app will allow users to monitor multiple plants from the convenience of your smart phone.  The app will enable users to assign each plant a unique name, snap a profile photo, and receive push notifications when any plant requires water.  The waterPixie Hub and Mobile App are on track to be completed in Q2 2014.



Additional Sensors 

Our research has indicated that proper watering is the primary driver of plant death. However, in addition to monitoring the water level in your plant’s soil, the team at Living Systems is working to enable the waterPixie to measure additional factors that contribute to overall plant health as well. These include measuring light, pH levels, and temperature. By integrating these additional sensors, the waterPixie will further contribute towards maintaining healthy plant life in and around your home or office.

Why We Are Doing This

Our vision at Living Systems is to improve our connection with nature through technology. We believe that the waterPixie enables a world with healthier plants, and we need your help to make our vision a reality. With your support, we can make our world a little greener (and happier), one plant at a time!

Why We Need Your Help 

Currently the Living Systems team has engineered several working prototypes of the waterPixie. We have invested heavily in the design of our external casing, optimizing the electrical components for battery life, and protecting intellectual property. We have experimented with various materials and gone through multiple versions of our prototype design. Our goal is to create a well-designed, affordable, and easy-to use device that meets our promise of “a green thumb for everyone”. In order to take our project to the next stage of development, we need your help! The funds raised from our Kickstarter campaign will be used for the following key areas:

  • Complete development of waterPixie ecosystem (waterPixie Hub + waterPixie mobile app)  
  • Tooling for plastic injection molding of external case
  • Mass production of plastic casing  
  • Mass production of electrical components  
  • Assembly, packaging, & shipping of first batch of waterPixies

We at Living Systems believe that the waterPixie will revolutionize the way we interact with plants. Your plants have been dying to speak to you. With your help, now they can!

Living Systems Team

  • Federico Marques: Federico is a passionate believer in working to build a greener planet, one community at a time. He is the co-founder of Ruggles Green, a Houston-based restaurant group that boasts the greenest restaurant in Texas according to the Green Restaurant Association. Prior to Ruggles Green, Federico held various management positions at Bayer Chemicals in Marketing, Quality Control, R&D, and Environmental Testing. Federico founded Living Systems out of his garage in 1999.
  • Sam Mar: Sam has a global background in technology consulting, financial services, and new product development having worked in the US, Denmark, and Switzerland. As an advocate for innovation in the field of sustainability, Sam co-managed an investment fund and incubator for green technology at University of Houston’s College of Architecture. Most recently, Sam worked in product development for a global media company launching a new mobile application for the consumer and small business market. 
  • Mark Sullivan: Mark is an embedded systems engineer with 25 years of industry experience in electronics and programming. His specialties include industrial automation, data communications, and switch-mode power conversion. Mark’s systems and designs have been used in everything from games to the oil patch and defense systems.   





Risks and challenges

As with any new product launch, there are a number of variables and unknowns. The Living Systems team has produced several working prototypes of the waterPixie, several of which are currently in the hands of experienced gardeners for testing and feedback. Each component of the waterPixie has been researched, tested, and studied by the Living Systems team and external professionals to ensure quality and reliability. The development of the waterPixie Ecosystem is currently in progress (waterPixie Hub and waterPixie Mobile App) and expected to be complete in Q1 of 2014.

Although the team is confident that all development should be completed according to our timeline, delays may occur due to unforeseen circumstances. Additional risks to the timeline may arise from the schedule of external manufacturers or the sourcing of specific materials. The Living Systems team has over 50 years of collective experience in the fields of science, research & development, startups, and marketing. All challenges and delays will be managed and mitigated through the team’s collective experience and resolved as quickly as possible. We also promise to maintain absolute transparency with our backers regarding the design and manufacturing timeline and expectations for delivery. Individual supporters of our campaign will receive regular updates that report on the progress of the team throughout the product development and delivery process.

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    Leaf Lover: 5 waterPixies + 5 houseplants + 5 waterPixie tshirts + 5 educational plant facts posters (signed by team) + founding sponsor on site + Access to production and app design process. Perfect for small companies, organizations, or classrooms.

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    Forest Favorite: 10 waterPixies + 10 houseplants + 10 waterPixie tshirts + 10 educational plant facts posters (signed by team) + founding sponsor on site + Access to production and app design process + Appear in waterPixie commercial. Great bundle for medium to large companies, organizations, or schools.

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