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Smartly designed mini Aqua-Garden. The perfect balance between technology  and nature.
Smartly designed mini Aqua-Garden. A perfect balance between technology  and nature.
Smartly designed mini Aqua-Garden. A perfect balance between technology and nature.
142 backers pledged NZ$ 47,965 to help bring this project to life.

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For all the reward tiers, the pledges and shipping costs are in New Zealand Dollar.  According to the most recent exchange rate, please multiple by 0.63 to convert to US Dollar.  Sorry for the inconvenience.  (Example: The Early bird reward pledge is US $59 and shipping to USA is US $25).   

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Spanish / Chinese (Traditional) / Japanese /  Portuguese / German

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Herb&Fish CONNECT. Smartly Designed 

As more people begin to settle in cities, they have less opportunities to embrace nature. Herb&Fish CONNECT brings nature to you, by combining plants and fish in a stylish and smart aqua farming system. 

Imagine a decorative piece that recreates the natural ecological cycle with minimal maintenance in cleaning the fish bowl and watering the plant. And best of all, the process is made easy by seamlessly integrating with the everyday smart phone devices.  So let Herb&Fish CONNECT be a part of your life, today!

Our History. From School to the World! 

The creation of Herb&Fish took almost 5 years! Four years of our design education plus a year worth of research on the topics of ecology and aquaponics to create our graduation project. It is a dream that will forever change our life and hopefully the life of others that we touched.

Mee & Wu. Product imagineers

Herb&Fish CONNECT - Smart Technology

1. Wireless LED light control   

All things need energy to grow and as you know plants get their energy from light. Sometimes it can be difficult to provide enough light to your indoor plants due to lack of window space or seasonal changes.

Herb&Fish CONNECT is equipped with two LED lights that can help your plants and herbs grow and flourish as if they were in an outdoor space. From your smartphone, you will be able to turn on/off the LED light and adjust the brightness in 4 distinct levels giving your plants all the energy they need.

2. Schedule water pump control  

Not only do humans need oxygen to breathe, fishes need oxygen too! Aerating your aquarium allows your fish to breathe properly which is essential for its good health. Water pumps serves to oxygenate the water and give them the air they need to breath and survive. 

With Herb&Fish CONNECT you would be able to turn on and off the water pump from your smartphone. You can also program the water pump to run on a set schedule.

3. Water temperature sensor  

Many species of fish are sensible to water temperatures; they even can die if the water is too cold or too hot. Herb&Fish CONNECT will be able to constantly monitor the water temperature, making sure your fish is comfortable. So pamper your pets in the nice environment and make them feel at home.

4. Set friendly alerts  

One of the most important things about taking care of a pet is feeding them. But there are days where we are busy and often times forget this important task. You will be able to set personalize alarms to:

  • Remind you when your fish needs to eat 
  • Remind you when it is time to change the water in the fishbowl 
  • Alert you when the temperature gets too cold or too hot

Interested?  Check out our prototype in action:


The Stylish Design  

Herb&Fish CONNECT has a harmonic and beautiful design of circles that represent the aquaponic cycle. It has an elegant round fish tank, arc-shaped lighting, round-shaped cover and disc-like touch sensor switch.

Premium Feng Shui Gold Version

Did you know that Feng Shui is a Chinese philosophy that finds harmony between everyone with the surrounding environment? Golden color is very popular in Feng Shui because of its association with money and wealth, but also it is related to yellow which is the color of happiness and warmth.The Limited Feng Shui version has all the technical specifications as the others, but with a stunning golden cover. We hope that this brings happiness and good luck to you home! 

Kickstarter early bird backers can get it for US$59 (estimated retail list price US$149) a 60% discount!

Apple's "Space Gray" is by definition one of the most elegant colors. The gray and white combination creates a great contrast for indoor design. If you are wondering which color of cover looks better, don’t worry! To show our appreciation for the early support and receiving the honor of "Kickstarter Staff Pick," we are giving all the Early Bird backers a FREE Space Gray grow bed cover.  

The Perfect Kitchen Partner!

If you are a fan of organic food, you can transform your Herb&Fish CONNECT into a kitchen herb garden – you can grow aromatic and tasty herbs such as oregano, basil, peppermint, lavender and many others. Let your family and friends enjoy some fresh and tasty herbs at your dinner table tonight! 

Awesome Partnership!

We just teamed up with Rocket Farms, one of the largest wholesale greenhouse growers in the USA. Kickstarter backers¹ will receive a Rocket Farms Starter Kit, which includes two baby herbs (basil and thyme) so you can start growing on day one. Get your Herb&Fish CONNECT today and bring nature to you!

 Note 1: Currently only available to US-backers due to international import restrictions, but we are working on it to see if there's a solution. Will keep you posted.

Enrich the Learning Experience: a truly hands-on aquaponic system  

With Herb&Fish CONNECT you can learn and understand how an aquaponic system works. Start the interest and learn more about this natural, self-sustainable cycle. 

Product Specifications

Recent / Projected Project Timeline

-2015-

Mar/Apr - Original base model manufacturing optimization

May – Herb&Fish CONNECT supply chain management development

Jun – App usability testing

July – Promoting the Kickstarter campaign

Sept – Kickstarter campaign launch

Oct/Nov – Sensor connectivity integration closed testing

Dec – App development beta testing

-2016-

Jan – Begin production

Feb/Mar – Scale production 

April – Quality control, packaging, and preparation for shipment

May – Off for shipment!

Kickstarters, we need your support!

We need your help to successfully create the smart Herb&Fish CONNECT version. Currently we are testing all the connectivity integration and coming up with the right app interface for the perfect user experience. Please support our campaign so we can bring nature to you!

Meet the team behind Herb&Fish CONNECT 

Mee & Wu: Product imagineers

Paul Weng: Hardware and sensor integrator

Vivian Shen: UI / UX specialist

Astrid López: Campaign planner

Jennifer Sevillanos: Graphic storyteller

Aldo Li: Marketing analyst

Daphne Lien: Video communication expert

Risks and challenges

PRODUCTION DESIGN AND CERTIFICATION
We have the base model ready and have began sensor connectivity integration. Furthermore, we are conducting focus group testing on the product usability and software UI/UX experience. To make sure Herb&Fish CONNECT is safe and legal to be used in your home country, we are dedicated in working with experienced hardware-software integration partners to make sure the certification process is completed on time for product shipment.

SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
As with any hardware project, there are always potential risks in shipment delays due to supply chain management. Currently we have selected a vendor pool that is qualified and is in close vicinity of our manufacturing facility to prevent key component supply shortage or manufacturing downtime. By drawing on our manufacturing partner’s expertise, we are confident that we will achieve the milestones currently set out in this project.

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    Pledge NZ$ 1 or more About $0.69

    A BIG THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
    Join the Herb&Fish CONNECT movement, and help us bring nature to you!

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    BUY OUR ENGINEERS A CUP OF COFFEE
    Our engineers have been working around the clock trying to integrate the right features for the Herb&Fish CONNECT so that you will never have to buy another Aquaponics system again!

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    Pledge NZ$ 95 or more About $66

    (US$59) EARLY BIRD - HERB&FISH CONNECT (PEARL WHITE)
    + Herb&Fish CONNECT unit (x1 unit)
    + USB cable (x1 pcs)
    + Specialized aqua gravel (x1 pack)
    + Aqua plant foam block (x1 pcs)

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    Pledge NZ$ 110 or more About $76

    (US$69) STANDARD - HERB&FISH CONNECT (PEARL WHITE)
    + Herb&Fish CONNECT unit (x1 unit)
    + USB cable (x1 pcs)
    + Specialized aqua gravel (x1 pack)
    + Aqua plant foam block (x1 pcs)

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    Pledge NZ$ 120 or more About $83

    (US$75) LIMITED GOOD LUCK VERSION - HERB&FISH CONNECT (PREMIUM FENG SHUI GOLD)
    + Herb&Fish CONNECT unit (x1 unit)
    + USB cable (x1 pcs)
    + Specialized aqua gravel (x1 pack)
    + Aqua plant foam block (x1 pcs)

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    Pledge NZ$ 175 or more About $121

    (US$109) EARLY BIRD - HERB&FISH CONNECT PAIR BUNDLE SPECIAL (PEARL WHITE)
    + Herb&Fish CONNECT unit (x2 units)
    + USB cable (x2 pcs)
    + Specialized aqua gravel (x2 packs)
    + Aqua plant foam block (x2 pcs)

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    Pledge NZ$ 210 or more About $145

    (US$129) STANDARD - HERB&FISH CONNECT PAIR BUNDLE SPECIAL (PEARL WHITE)
    + Herb&Fish CONNECT unit (x2 units)
    + USB cable (x2 pcs)
    + Specialized aqua gravel (x2 packs)
    + Aqua plant foam block (x2 pcs)

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    Pledge NZ$ 305 or more About $210

    (US$189) THREESOME PACK - HERB&FISH CONNECT (PEARL WHITE)
    + Herb&Fish CONNECT unit (x3 units)
    + USB cable (x3 pcs)
    + Specialized aqua gravel (x3 packs)
    + Aqua plant foam block (x3 pcs)

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    Pledge NZ$ 400 or more About $276

    (US$249) FRIENDS AND FAMILY 4 PACK - HERB&FISH CONNECT (PEARL WHITE)
    + Herb&Fish CONNECT unit (x4 units)
    + USB cable (x4 pcs)
    + Specialized aqua gravel (x4 packs)
    + Aqua plant foam block (x4 pcs)

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    Pledge NZ$ 1,140 or more About $786

    (US$708) DISTRIBUTOR PACK:
    + Herb&Fish CONNECT unit (x12 unit)
    + USB cable (x12 pcs)
    + Specialized aqua gravel (x12 pack)
    + Aqua plant foam block (x12 pcs)

    Interested in working with us tong term? Support our campaign by choosing the distributor pack and get in touch with us. Build your Herb&Fish CONNECT community today!

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    Pledge NZ$ 8,000 or more About $5,518

    TRIP TO TAIPEI - MEET THE PRODUCT IMAGINEERS

    We would like to invite you to fly to Taiwan to join us for the official Herb&Fish CONNECT product launch party, and meet the product imagineers, Mee and Wu. You will be presented with two specially colored Herb&Fish CONNECT units with customized personal engravings. And with Taipei as the host of the 2016 World Design Capital, you will also participate in a week-long WDC International Design Week Forum and meet some of the top designers of the world. Includes flight, accommodation, and transportation.

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