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$1,101
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10
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, August 18 2013 2:37 PM UTC +00:00
$1,101
pledged of $230,000pledged of $230,000 goal
10
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, August 18 2013 2:37 PM UTC +00:00

About

Do you think that a plant that can take care of itself sounds cool? Are you fond of a particular flower, and want to learn how to take care of it? Do you have a busy lifestyle that means you have ‘too much’ going on to keep a nice plant alive?

Do you live in the city, restricting the amount of space you have to grow plants?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, Bluumer is for you!


Bluumer, the self watering smart planter
Bluumer, the self watering smart planter


Design

Bluumer was designed as an insert, tailored to fit into any standard 6"x 6" x 6" cube vase, with only the upper edge showing.

This means that Bluumer can easily go from a nice bright floral look to a sleek modern aesthetic, all by simply changing the outer pot.

No matter what environment it’s in, Bluumer can fit in from a corporate office to a kindergarten classroom.

Bluumer is compatible with 6"x6"x6" cube vases
Bluumer is compatible with 6"x6"x6" cube vases
How it works
Bluumer has a variety of onboard sensors that can detect air humidity, temperature, and soil moisture content (and if we raise enough, we’re looking into light intensity and pH level sensors).

This data is collected through a micro controller, and relayed wirelessly to an online database via wifi connectivity. From there, the collected data is updated in real-time, and will notify you of any alerts according to your settings.

Cutaway View of Bluumer
Cutaway View of Bluumer
Sound complicated? It’s not.

After planting in Bluumer and registering online, all of your data is viewable through a simple language web interface. Through the web, you can set your desired settings for your specific plant with a few clicks of the button; even automatically water your plant 1000 miles away.

Connect with your plant like never before

After the sensors record the environmental data, they crosscheck it with the preferences for the selected plant, and notify you of your individual plant’s needs.

You can choose to have either a text message [SMS], email, app alert or all of the above sent straight to your device in real-time telling you what your plant needs. Bluumer is giving your plant the voice it never had, allowing it to inform you of when it needs more heat, or a cooler environment; or if it needs a light watering.

Yet, Bluumer does not have to be your replacement.  You are still able to continue watering the plant by hand as you used to before.  If you accidentally over-water, Bluumer will send an alert to your phone or computer letting you know it has received too much water.  If you water it too little or forget to water, you will receive a similar notification alerting you to water the plant either by hand, through automatic settings of Bluumer or by directly pressing the water now button on your mobile or desktop interface.


Green Product

All of your plants mean a lot to us. It is paramount that we pursue the process that leaves the smallest environmental footprint from manufacturing, to recycling Bluumer at the end of its product lifecycle; in hopes of this product becoming certified as a “Green Product”. Preservation extends further than just one plant with Bluumer.

What we have now

As of right now, we have a functioning prototype of Bluumer; electronics and all. We have the design/ layouts, and the beginning of the coding for the final mobile application and website. We have spoken to engineers and manufacturers to get a rough estimate for what the final PCB will cost to mass produce, and we have sourced the other electrical components for pricing and assembly.


  • We know we have a viable product 
  • We know what there is left to do to get it mass produced
  • We know (roughly) how much that will cost.

What we need to do before production

A.  We need to polish up the programming and the interface to make it perfect. 

B.  We need to strike up the final deals with suppliers to get all of our electrical components. 

C.  We need to get certified as a wireless device.

D.  We also need to revise the CAD model for injection molding, and then tool the molds, which was too costly for us to do before posting here on Kickstarter.

E.  We need to have the website and mobile app designed and programmed.

F. Once the above are completed, we are ready for production! Manufacturing companies are being researched in detail and one will be decided on once we finalize the suppliers, wireless device and CAD model. The manufacturer will be selected based on quality rather than location.

That’s where you come in

The Backers. The people who will make this product possible. We have got as far as we can on our own, now we need your help to see if: 

a) the interest is out there to get this product going and 

b) to raise the funds necessary to get Bluumer into production.

Where we would like to go with this concept down the road

This is just the first iteration for a smart planter, and depending on how successful the fundraising is, we have several advanced iterations that we will develop.

1. Bluumer Base- a modular base unit that can care for 1-2 plants over a long period of time

2. Bluumer Reservoir LG - a larger iteration of the base that can sustain multiple plants with up to 6 water pumps and sensors

3. Bluumer XLRG - a larger version of the Bluumer for small trees. This system would be ideal for commercial spaces, because the plants would require only marginal supervision, and all alerts can be sent via a network to direct attention to the plants only as needed, cutting down on operational costs.

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Risks and challenges

Like most other Kickstarter projects, we will have some big hurdles to get over to accomplish our dream of getting Bluumer out on the market. The big hurdles for us are as follows

TOOLING

Getting the molds made for our injection mold can go quickly and easily, but they can just as likely be a long, complicated, and expensive process. To overcome this, the designers have been advising about moldability and tolerances throughout the whole process, and we just need the resources to take the plunge and actually test our ideas.

SOFTWARE

As the software is not 100% complete, it's only right to mention that there is a possibility of some bug holding up progress for a few weeks. That said, while the implication of the software is totally new in Bluumer, the underlying principals are not. Programming for a web application to communicate between a device and a smartphone based on a set of rules built into the software is becoming commonplace, and getting that wrapped up is just a matter of finding the right programmer.

SUPPLY CHAIN AND LOGISTICS

Once again, this is a staple Kickstarter problem. Getting all the right pieces (in bulk) and assembling them all in one place. We have been in contact with several distribution centers to get the process started.

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    Thank you! You have now pre-ordered one Bluumer, the world's first interactive smart planter (retail $150)! This includes the base (white, black, clear glass) vase to start you on your way! Of course this also means you will be listed as one of our initial backers, and be kept up-to-date via our newsletters and website.

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    Thank you! You have pre-ordered the backer combo! This means you will be getting one Bluumer t-shirt to show off your pride for your plant AND one Bluumer smart planter! Of course this also means you will be listed as one of our initial backers, and be kept up-to-date via our newsletters and website!

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    Thank you! You have pre-ordered the Bluumer Deluxe model, with your choice of any of vases (Transparent, Painted, Ceramic or Wood). Of course, this also means you will be listed as one of our initial backers, and be kept up-to-date via our newsletters and website!

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    Thank you! You have pre-ordered a Custom Engraved Bluumer Deluxe model, with your choice of vases (Transparent, Painted, Ceramic or Wood). Of course this also means you will be listed as one of our initial backers, and be kept up-to-date via our newsletters and website!

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Funding period

- (60 days)