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And unlike any other plant monitor, Phytl Signs EXPLORER tracks what the plant itself is doing, not the environment around it.

 

Plants emit tiny electrical signals, in response to their environment, and our innovative new device amplifies these signals, so that you can hear and see them. 

Is your plant thriving or is it stressed? Is it active or quiet? Are pests damaging your plants? Through their electrical signals plants show how they are responding to their environment. With Phytl Signs EXPLORER you’re getting to know your plant’s signals. 

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Phytl Signs EXPLORER combines state of the art digital electrical signal processing with low cost electronics to enable anyone to hear and see plant signals – both indoors and outdoors. It’s so easy to use, too. Simply insert the stake into the soil, connect the clip to a leaf and turn on the device. You will immediately hear your plant communicating through its language of electrical signals.

The Phytl Signs EXPLORER comprises:

  • the signal processor unit with a built in speaker.  It is powered by a long lasting battery rechargeable with a USB connection.
  • a leaf clip which is easy to attach and gentle on your plants.
  • a ground stake which is a reference for your plant's signals
  • engaging App for Apple or Android mobile devices or for Linux, Apple or Windows computers

The Phytl Signs EXPLORER kit uses wireless transmission to send data to an App on your smart phone or tablet. The graphical display is clear and easy to read. If you want you can join a forum to discuss your plant’s signals or even gain access to raw data on your plant, so that you can analyse signals using your own data analysis software.

By joining our community, you can help us decode and understand the language of plants. As a community member, the electrical signals captured by your device will be stored in the Phytl Signs cloud with those captured from other Phytl Signs EXPLORER devices from around the world. Together, all these signals can be studied, analysed, and ultimately decoded and interpreted. This is brand new technology – and there is still pioneering work to be done, which you could be a part of. Joining our community is optional. You may simply wish to enjoy listening to and watching your own plants’ electrical signals.

 

The goal of Phytl Signs EXPLORER is to understand what plants are communicating and use the information to provide optimal growing conditions – or even an early warning of disease or attack to help plant lovers & growers prevent the loss of expensive, hard-to-grow plants. Ultimately, by decoding these signals we could help ensure the ecosystem that protects us all is thriving.  We could feed more people, reduce the scourge of plant diseases, minimise the water used in agriculture... the possibilities are really exciting for anyone interested in the environment, sustainability, the future of food and open agriculture.

 

Phytl Signs EXPLORER can be used with many different species enabling you to connect with and enrich your relationship with your plants – and better nurture them whether they are houseplants, outdoor plants, or fruit and vegetable crops. Our devices are being tested by keen gardeners, plant enthusiasts, gadget fans, vegetable and fruit growers, teachers, science lovers… the list goes on. What will your plants say to you – and how will you respond? We are also developing devices for professional growers and researchers.

 

Electrical signals in plants were discovered more than 100 years ago but have been difficult to study because until now they were simply drowned out by background electromagnetic interference. You can be part of the community that unlocks this knowledge for the first time in history.

Using Phytl Signs EXPLORER, students can observe plants and their responses to the environment – enriching their relationship with nature while building STEM skills.

 

 

We think improving our understanding of electrical signalling in plants will yield many important insights. We may be able to improve the way we manage our ecosystems, the way we grow crops and the way we use plants in medicine. But we need lots of users to make this happen. If many people are monitoring their plants we are sure that we can accelerate our rate of learning about plant signals and our application of this new knowledge. We will use the funds from Kickstarter to pay for tooling needed for the first large production run as well as make improvements to our software so that the user experience is entertaining and engaging. We really hope you will join us to make this ambitious and exciting project a reality.

A unique and innovative device with far reaching possibilities, please make a pledge and support us in bringing the Phytl Signs concept to life.

If you are a keen gardener or plant enthusiast who loves the plants in your own home, garden or office, Phytl Signs lets you get up-close and involved in this fascinating world of plant communication.

If you are a professional grower or academic working with plants, Phytl Signs lets you explore their signals in everyday conditions. Support us now, to enable us to develop a range of Phytl Signs devices with functionality and capability for professional audiences.

If you are a techie or a gadget geek, Phytl Signs is a unique piece of wearable tech for plants that let's you digitally connect with your plants.

 

 

 

 

 

Carrol Plummer, the Tech Enthusiast (P.Eng, BSc Mechanical Engineering, MBA INSEAD), brings to the Phytl Signs team years of experience participating and investing in, as well as advising, small high technology businesses. She is a Mechanical Engineer with an MBA from INSEAD with substantial knowledge of product development, launching new products, marketing and manufacturing processes. She began her career with Proctor and Gamble. Phytl Signs takes up nearly all of her time but she is involved in other high growth businesses and encourages and supports other female entrepreneurs. She previously held senior management positions in the UK paper sector, including Managing Director of Donside Paper Mill and Commercial Director of UK Paper Group plc and worked as a business strategy consultant with Monitor Europe.

Dr Nigel Wallbridge, the Tech Entrepreneur (Ph.D, MIMechE, MBA INSEAD) is an internationally renowned serial entrepreneur with extensive experience founding and growing companies in both North America and Europe. A chartered engineer, he holds a doctoral degree in medical engineering from the University of Leeds in the UK and also an MBA from INSEAD, France. Apart from his current work at Vivent, he is also an Executive Director of Nomad Digital Ltd and is on the board of a number of other technology businesses. He previously held senior managerial positions in the telecommunications industry, including CEO of Interoute, and President of Cable& Wireless Americas. He also lectured in medical engineering at the University of Leeds.

Caleb Carroll, the Tech Genius is an inventor and system architect with a broad range of experience in the radio frequency industry. His leadership and technical contributions have been key to the success of a number of start-up companies. In addition to his work on Phytl Signs, Caleb is currently providing intellectual property and network consulting services in both North America and Europe. Caleb is the author of 15 patents with more in progress.

Lynn Raven (BSc Maths, Statistics & Computer Science) is a highly experienced consumer insight and research specialist, with a long career in several FMCG companies in Europe and Asia. She has extensive experience of the consumer product development cycle, from idea generation techniques to final product testing, advertising and retail marketing.

Martin Timms the Engineer (B.Eng. Electronics Engineering. MIET) brings 25 years of electronics and software design experience to the team. He has previously developed electronics and embedded software for a very diverse range of sectors ranging from the development of RF systems for the JET nuclear fusion project, software for mobile positioning systems through to embedded software for WiFi systems on trains. Martin uses his in-depth range of skills and knowledge to deliver innovative designs and effective products. Over the last 6 months, Martin has been working on the electronics and embedded software for the Phytl Signs prototypes. When he's not busy at work, Martin's hobbies include gardening, eco house renovation and bio hacking.

Nick Barker (MA Engineering, MBA) has spent many years making computers interact in real time with the real world, and has invented and developed applications and systems ranging from safety critical monitoring systems, to mobile communications systems, indoor positioning systems and process control. Nick has worked in many sectors including oil and gas, nuclear power, road transportation, rail transportation, aerospace, food production and agriculture. Nick brings to Vivent a rich base of experience and skills – which bridge the gap between analogue domain of real world plants and the digital domain of today’s Internet of Things. This includes interdisciplinary research and algorithm development, systems architecture and development, digital signal processing, data acquisition, and modern communications technologies.

 

Vivent SARL, a pioneer in harnessing bio-signals, is a Swiss based, privately held company founded in 2012. By connecting people and plants through greater understanding of electrical signals unique to plants’ physiological states we aim to help ensure that the ecosystem that supports us all is thriving.

 

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Risks and challenges

We are a team of experienced and resourceful technical entrepreneurs. We’ve worked together before in other businesses and we’ve been working on the Phytl Signs range of products for 4 years now. We've already filed patents related to our core technology. We’ve created 50 proof of concept devices and we have been testing them with demanding academics, agricultural researchers and suppliers to glass house growers as well as with plant and gadget enthusiasts. We are now refining our designs for mass production and developing software to accompany our products.

We know that product development and production can both be challenging. We have carried out risk assessments and are pleased to tell you that some of the major risks are already behind us. We do know that we will face further challenges in bringing the Phytl Signs products to market.

One of the biggest challenges we face is making people aware that plants do emit electrical signals and that by studying these signals we can connect more deeply with plants and then provide optimal growing conditions to ensure our shared ecosystem is thriving. You can help us over this hurdle by telling anyone you know who is interested in plants, science, signals or technology about our product.

On the technical side we are confident in the efficacy of our products which are mainly assembled from quite standard electronic components. We could face delays in production if some parts are not delivered on time or if our suppliers face quality or production problems. We have built in contingency to deal with these types of issues and to ensure we have adequate time for regulatory testing and approvals. Our device requires a CE mark.

We are also developing innovative software to support our devices. We are confident in our developers but we know that ensuring an optimal user experience can sometimes take longer than expected.

If orders for Phytl Signs are much higher than we’ve forecast we may need to hire additional people. We have a strong network of people with whom we’ve worked previously to call on if necessary.

We love to talk with our customers so we will keep you informed of progress throughout and after the Kickstarter campaign. If there are unexpected issues or delays we will be very transparent with you.

We’ve founded and/or expanded some ground breaking businesses like Nomad Digital, Pulp and Paper Net and Takemetuit. We are confident we can deliver Phytl Signs Explorer kits on time.

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    For a little bit more than the RRP, your Phytl Signs EXPLORER kit comes with a spectacular sound-induced lighting accessory that lights up your desk or your home – every time your plant sends an electrical signal. You’ll also get access to the Explorer Community to share findings and compare experiences, regular updates from the team and immediate access to kit extensions.

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    For small education or enthusiast groups, or for several like-minded colleagues or friends, get this great discount on 3 EXPLORER kits.
    You’ll also get access to the Explorer Community to share findings and compare experiences, regular updates from the team and immediate access to kit extensions.
    As well you'll receive an interesting video, ‘Introduction to electrical signals in plants’, a copy of the fascinating book “What a Plant Knows” by Daniel Chamovitz, ideas for experiments and classroom accessories - plant tray, grow lamp and plant mister.

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    Be part of the 10-person online committee that will decide on the “voice” of the plant transients, from a series of options.
    Includes 1 Phytl Signs EXPLORER kit, the chance to be named on our website as a member of The Voice Committee and be the first to have the extension kit for the new voice. You’ll also get access to the Explorer Community to share findings and compare experiences, regular updates from the team and immediate access to kit extensions.

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    Is Spring 2017 too long to wait? You can own one of the original Phytl Signs proof-of-concept instruments that were made to test the measurement of electrical signals in plants outside of a Faraday cage. Not only be ahead of the pack but be named on our website as an owner of an original. Each instrument comes with a certificate of authenticity. These instruments were not designed as consumer products but as research prototypes. Users are producing excellent results and the instruments are flexible in terms of connectivity, recording and amplification settings. Rechargeable battery and solar power both available.
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    MEET THE MAKERS

    An exclusive opportunity to become one of 3 top contributors towards furthering the understanding of plant signalling. Be named as a top sponsor on the Phytl Signs website and marketing communications.
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    Get a personal demo of your Phytl Signs EXPLORER and lots of information on electrical signals in plants and why they may be important in the future of cultivation.
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