Plus, ALL new pledges help toward this:
DRYP will help you keep houseplants alive and happy — as many as you want.
We all know how it goes. You buy a plant thinking "this will be a stand-in for interior design sense" or "I'll prove I can keep something alive."
A month later you have a droopy nightmare in a pot.
Enter DRYP, your personal plant assistant.
DRYP will help aspiring plant parents break their murderous cycle — and it'll make life easier for experts who have a whole jungle to care for.
1. It's a Simple Watering Tracker
Like any captive, a houseplant needs water or else it'll die — but not too much, or it'll drown. So what the hell?
DRYP lists your plants in order of when they they'll be thirsty next.
When a plant needs water, you'll get a notification.
Once you're done, just swipe it away.
2. It's A Plant Doctor
Oh no! Your plant is droopy, or yellow, or it's shedding like a St. Bernard!
Good news: DRYP is basically WebMD for plants.
Just tell DRYP how your plant is hurting
Answer any followup questions
And DRYP will tell you what's wrong & how to fix it
3. It's a Plant Tutor
DRYP has lessons on the basics of plant care AND important bullets about each plant you've got.
You'll never need to skim paragraphs of junk copy on Garden-Advice-Answers-Magazine dot com again.
Donating to a Kickstarter is a selfless act, and I appreciate that.
But it doesn't have to be thankless!
Most Kickstarters function as pre-sales, but Apple doesn't allow us to bypass the App Store and "sell" an app on Kickstarter, so it's harder to fundraise.
I've done my best to design merch and come up with rewards for each tier that'll make you feel better about generously throwing your money into our mouths.
Most pledge tiers include multiple rewards & everything from lower levels!
For complete breakdowns of everything you'll get at each tier, see the rewards section.
Note: you can opt for lower tiers when you donate if, for example, you can't handle the rock.
It turns out making an app is kind of expensive! Who knew. I'm doing a whole lot of the work myself, or else this couldn't happen, but I want to respect my collaborators' time & talents!
Here's a breakdown of the budget:
These costs include what it'll take to design, code, test, and release the app, AND what it'll take to promote and keep it running beyond the kickstarter period. For example:
- Establishing a business & associated fees
- Legal stuff
- Fixing the designs, which I hand drew like a baby
- Coding the app
- Writing all of the documentation & first aid protocols
- Expanding the plant database
- Running servers
- Kickstarter Fees & Taxes
Lots of independent apps collapse under their own weight & we want to make sure that won't happen!
Given the current budget, we're anticipating the app will be available in December.
So the fundraising goal here is the minimum it'll take to bring this app into existence. This means choosing a single platform to start, which in our case is iOS.
That's why the very first stretch goal ($45,000) is going to be an Android version of the app.
It would be silly to leave such a large group of tech-savvy and potentially plant-savvy users high and dry.
The second stretch goal ($55,000) is a series of animated Basics-of-plant-care lessons that will live online and inside the app.
I'll update this section as things progress, but some other stretch goals include:
- an online plant database with care instructions
- a web interface for the whole app
- sending notifications to someone else if you're away from home
- IFTTT integration
- automatic plant identification (big expensive one)
- ability to buy plants/supplies from inside the app
One of the stretch goals I'm most excited about is an online plant care database.
Most of the websites with information on plant care bury the important stuff in paragraphs of junk copy & advertisements.
The internet needs a clean plant database that prioritizes information! It would be cool to make that happen.
I'm Ben! I live in Brooklyn. For money and fun, I do comedy writing, regular writing, illustration, animation, music, and a little bit of engineering.
I've worked all over the internet, most recently as a writer of words for Tumblr HQ and ClickHole.
You can follow me on twitter at @benkling.
If you have any ideas or feedback about this thing, feel free to tweet at me!
Risks and challenges
There is a Risks and Challenges section, even though this is a pretty low-risk operation, so let me think of some.
- Creating & tagging a database of houseplants and all of their needs is going to be time consuming! But who cares, I've already started.
- Minimizing server use is going to be important to keep running costs down so the app doesn't go bankrupt and stop getting updated like so many other independent apps do.
- Meeting the App Store standards, which are often convoluted and arbitrary, is gonna take some trial and error.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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