About this project
Do you always manage to kill your basil or herbs despite your best efforts? Live your life as usual and let Botanium take care of the plants for you! Botanium is a complete kit for growing a plant from a seed. This is how to NOT kill a plant.
As we now have reached 1000 000 SEK, we are glad to offer Botanium in two extra colors! Thank you all backers! Having pledged for one or several Botaniums, you will get a survey after the campaign ended in which you choose your color.
Botanium is a compact, easy and effortless way of growing. Its a hydroponic pot, which means it grows plants like chilies, herbs and tomatoes without soil. It waters the plants automatically. The result? Faster growth and no need to worry about over or under watering. Leave it for a month and get back to a healthy plant.
Botanium is a simple planter that takes care of the boring parts of growing and lets you enjoy the fun parts. All you need to do is to fill the water tank every now and then, and add some nutrients (included)
Grow herbs like basil, oregano or mint. Or chili, tomatoes or strawberries. Botanium works especially well with thirsty plants that normally would require very frequent watering. Plants do however have different nutrient requirements. This is easy to adjust - just add less or more nutrients. The correct amount of nutrients needed for the plant YOU are growing will be specified in the included Botanium User Guide.
The steps are very easy:
1. Fill the tank with water
2. Add nutrients
3. Fill with growing medium
4. Plant a seed
5. Connect Botanium to an electrical outlet
6. Sit back and watch as the seedling grow a little bit every day!
Did you know that you can grow inside year-round, even if you live in a cold and dark country? Even here in Sweden it's easy, and you don't need a special "growing light". Just put your plant under a standard CFL, fluorescent lamp or LED. As long as it's not an old incandescent light bulb, the plants will grow, even in the grimmest of winters.
Hydroponics is not a new method of growing. It has been around for many years and has been the subject of much research. It is a far more effective way of growing than traditional agriculture, and hydroponic vegetables are therefore becoming more and more common. Research has even shown that hydroponically grown food can contain more vitamins than soil-grown food.
The great thing about hydroponics is that you can never overwater the plants you grow. Therefore, you don't need to take into account things like letting the soil dry out before watering again (and not waiting too long so your plants wilt). All you need to do is to fill the reservoir when you see the water level getting low. The water lasts several week (depending on the plant, light and heat)
Botanium is designed in Sweden, a country that embodies the Scandinavian design movement. This style – often referred to as minimalist – developed during the Second World War, with clean, simple lines and a strong emphasis on functionality. A common theme in this tradition is that beautiful and functional objects should be available to all.
If we reach 1 000 000 SEK (about $ 110 000), we will give you the opportunity to chose between two extra colors, ash grey and laurel green. Let people know about the campaign so we can make Botanium even better!
Dimensions: 136 mm (5.3") x 250 mm (9.8")
Color: White (if the stretch goal is achieved, two additional colors will be unlocked.)
Plug: The wall socket you receive corresponds to the country you specify when backing the project.
Electronics: The built in timer powers on the pump every 8th hour.
Usage: Indoor use only
- Growing medium
- User guide
- Power plug
- Chili seeds (will be sent separately)
Many prototypes have been made to test different designs. It was important to make sure that it not only looks good and functions as planned, but also that is easy to use. Prototyped versions of Botanium has been used for over a year, so we are confident we have a product that works.
As a special bonus - for Kickstarter backers only - we will provide you with an opportunity to become immortal! At a cost of 4599 SEK (~$500) you can get your name debossed into the bottom of the Botanium's growing space. Note that these names will be on all Botaniums, not only the ones that will be shipped to the four (4) lucky backers that choose this unique pledge.
Industrial designer and chili growing enthusiast. Passionate about using design thinking to solve problems from a user centric perspective. Experienced in product development, prototyping, form giving, 3d-printing and working with multidisciplinary teams. He has also been working with interaction design.
Development engineer with 10 years of experience in Product development. He has been working with Design engineering, manufacturing, product management etc. Loves to find simplicity in the most complicated problems. Enjoys all types of adventures, everything from business adventures to sailing. Have sailed across the south pacific ocean. Entrepreneur sins early childhood and have been running his own consultancy business for over 2 years.
Technology lover and entrepreneur, project manager and electronic engineer with more than 10 years of professional experience. He has very strong technical knowledge and in leading, designing and implementing complex RnD projects. Experience working in all size of companies, from early stage startups up to corporations. Experience with manufacturing in China, Sweden and Poland. Lately involved as co-founder/CTO of Tinitell, a Swedish startup making a new generation of mobile phones.
Thanks to Artan Mansouri, Mikaela Pedersen, Sofia Tretow, Malin Hertzman, Johan Mörtberg, Andrea Gradin, Plantagon, SSES and Reload Design.
Risks and challenges
Product development is never risk free, however we are confident we have the right competences and experience to bring this product to the market on time. We have a great experience in product development, including mechanical engineering, hardware design, software and industrial design.
We take things seriously, and apart from being perfectionist and very carefull in the design, we have gone through a very thorough selection of our suppliers, which is the point where many hardware startups fail.
At this point, we are far ahead in the process with the manufacturers, and we have an established relation with them as we have cooperated in other products. Moreover, we should say that all our calculations, pricing and timeframes are based on real quotes.
We need your help to get funds to make this product a reality, so please help us spread the word and become a Botanium ambassador!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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