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Technology meets nature. This smart garden lets everyone grow fresh herbs at home with zero effort.
Technology meets nature. This smart garden lets everyone grow fresh herbs at home with zero effort.
10,477 backers pledged $625,851 to help bring this project to life.

Another stretch goal reached + video demo of interactive smart garden

Posted by Click & Grow (Creator)

This is a quick one to say thank you for pushing us past the $500,000 mark! We hope you'll enjoy the upgrade to Mint, and expect a related survey soon. 

Many of you have asked how the interactive Next Gen smart garden will work, so here's a video demo. In a nutshell, we'll be making the herbs sensitive to touch, so you can interact with the plants (for example, ask whether their water tank needs filling yet) by stroking or "hugging" them.

We'll be making 10 of these experimental units, and at the time of writing this, 5 are still up for grabs. 

We have four more days to go. Wish us luck and enjoy the weekend!

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    1. Missing avatar

      Ben S. on

      @ Kathy: exactly! That is why mint isn't an upgrade, but a downgrade. It is a shame, since anyone can plant a mint seed in a pot, and in 4 weeks you'll have more mint than you know what to do with - guaranteed! But it's not enough to make me stop backing the project. I think the creators realize that maybe swapping out something is not a good idea and going to annoy too many people, but it's too late now!
      I also see why having to personalize things, instead of having 13 000 (and counting) exactly the same boxes to ship out would be so incredibly more work. It's too bad that whatever herb is left out, a certain % of people will be annoyed

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      Kathy Underwood on

      I am constantly pulling mint out of my garden!! You can't kill it! I know you can't please everyone, but honestly mint grows like a prolific weed.
      I want the lemon balm or I think cilantro would be something everyone would use!
      Thanks.

    3. Mr Pendent on

      Well, we can be assured that 100% of the people won't be happy with the cartridges, but hopefully the great majority will be. Personally, I have no interest in lemon balm, and even if we used the cartridge, it would just be to see it grow. I'd much rather have a mint cartridge, as that is something we would use immediately.

      HOWEVER, when I backed this project, I knew that lemon balm was one of the cartridges, and backed it anyway. So if the majority want to keep lemon balm, I'll just toss mine. It's not like we aren't getting lots of awesome options already :)

      So, tl;dr: I would rather have mint than lemon balm, but I'm willing to take lemon balm if it makes more people happy :)

    4. Carolyn Brindle on

      I don't care what I get, I am just looking forward to starting my garden!!
      You can't please everyone, but you are certainly trying! <3

    5. Chris Cambell
      Superbacker
      on

      @clickandgrow still friends!

    6. Click & Grow 2-time creator on

      Peter - sure, there will be that option as well.

    7. Peter Rigsbee on

      Since you're going to take a vote on which herb to drop in favor of mint, then I suggest adding an option of "none - I don't want mint to replace any of these". And if that gets the most votes, then no one gets mint. Yes, this choice would negate the stretch goal, but if that's what the largest number of your backers prefers, then so be it...

    8. Chris Mead on

      Hey - lemon balm or mint - I really couldn't care less. I'm really happy with the other free stuff you have already thrown in and looking forward to fine tuning my future order for seed packs when these are done. Coriander (or cilantro if you prefer) is top of my list! Thanks guys. Enjoy the success.

    9. David MacDonald on

      I have backed a lot of Kickstarter projects before, and many of them have fulfilled some pretty specific requests, from personalized engravings, to particular colors and sizes of things.

      I find it difficult to believe that a group of people creative enough to design a product as cool and useful as the Smart Herb Garden aren't capable of devising a system by which people would be allowed to select at least *some* of the specific plant cartridges they receive.

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      Amy Rich on

      I won't enjoy the downgrade to mint, and that's just made it impractical to back since I don't want half the plants now. Maybe if I ever see it in retail it will be a better fit. Good luck with the rest of your campaign.

    11. Click & Grow 2-time creator on

      Christian - you are definitely not the only Mint fan :)

      Patrick - tests for Rosemary are still underway.

      Everyone - point taken on the fact that some people really want the lemon balm we initially. What comes to stretch goals 3 extra refills we've added should be a good deal. We'd like to add more refills but there's a physical as well as a financial limit to how many refills we can include. Also, knowing what we know today we won't be able to individualize refills, so a majority vote would decide what everyone receives. Some backers might not receive their favourite herb then and we hope they forgive us. We're experts in indoor gardening, but new to crowdsourcing projects that exceed expectations so much. If we ever do another Kickstarter campaing, we'll make sure that stretch goals are good news to 100% of backers, not 80% or 97%.

      What everyone will get, however, is a simple way to grow herbs at home. Still friends? :)

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      Erik Honn on

      While I understand that people might feel a bit cheeted, people also need to learn that Kickstarter is not a store, it's for work in progress things. Stuff will change before delivery.

      That said, if it comes down to a vote I would actually skip mint rather than anything else, mint is not much of an upgrade in my book :)

    13. Hawk Fangor on

      I suggested they let people choose what they want via survey in the main comments, but apparently they can't handle the logistics behind having a list of each person's order, opening a box, adding the appropriate number of garden units, adding one of each of the preferred seed cartridges, sealing the box and slapping a label on it.

      I imagine they will just be doing this assembly line-style instead and just put one of each in each package, which doesn't make much sense to me because they still ALREADY have variations in the orders just from having various tiers. Personally, I don't see how "Tomato, Lemon Balm, Mint, Rocket Salad, Thyme, Basil" is significantly more complicated than, "Oh, and also, I live in Canada, so I need empty seed cartridges, and I ordered two units. Thanks."

      Not to mention there's a tier for 9 cartridges, so which ones do they get?

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      patrick ferroni on

      Hi,
      has Rosemary been considered for production? If so, how high is it on your list of things to be produced?
      ty

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      Jennifer Leonard on

      I'm one who would rather have mint than lemon balm, though I like Xicluna's suggestion of not excluding either, if customizing is too difficult.

    16. Cheryl Forever on

      Dear Click & Grow,

      I backed a Smart Herb Garden of basil, thyme and lemon balm and at no point during the pledging process was I made aware that I'd have to accept an "upgrade" that would remove one of these desired choices. Why not just allow folks to either choose to accept the upgrade or opt out of the upgrade. Mint-lovers and Lemon Balm-lovers alike will be pleased.

      Mr. Merhar makes a valid point; please take steps to avoid the backlash even before the product ships.

      Thank you for the opportunity to express our opinions.

    17. Christian Bahleda on

      I feel like I'm the only one that loves mint! Honestly, I think the fairest option would be to have the backers choose which six they want (for instance I am not a fan of lemon balm), however, I'm not sure of the practicality of this idea. I feel that an overall vote of which should be ousted would be the next fair option. It's a little over-the-top to say you wouldn't have purchased this grow light because there was one out of six herbs that you don't particularly enjoy.

    18. Nadine Campbell on

      I insist on Lemon balm . Thank U

    19. Val-X on

      for the choice doodle is your friend ;-)

    20. Val-X on

      and my order of prefrence is :
      1 tomato
      2 chili peper
      3 rocket
      4 lemon balm
      5 basil
      6 mint
      7 thyme (the only one is better dry so no need to have it fresh at home)

    21. Val-X on

      I think with $519,784 pleged and much more... upgrade to 7 plant cartridges to include mint is a better solution than delete an another cartridges. With this option mint is a real rewards and not a "downgrade" or a "dificult choice" and made every one happy =D

    22. Jerry DeBaun on

      I can easily understand the dilemma of customizing 8k+ packages, but, Michael Merhar makes a very valid point. I chose to back this for several reasons, one of which was the herbs listed in the Herb Garden. I was not familiar with lemon balm, and am eager to see it and what uses it may have. So I do believe that changing the basic kit cannot be done without falsifying the original pledges.

      Choosing the stretch offerings would be at your discretion, as they are not included in the pledge offering. And I could understand not having options on the stretch offerings for the same reasons. I, for example, am very allergic to raw tomato, but I don't expect you to swap it for me.

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      Lumpenheinz on

      I don't understand this whole "upgraqde" thing.
      Mint isn't an upgrade. It's a downgrade. :\

    24. Elaine Blank on

      I am another person that really really doesn't want mint. I would much rather have lemon balm -- I don't eat mint and wouldn't grow it. I understand that other people like it, but I honestly wouldn't have backed the project at the herb garden level if I knew there would be a cartridge I couldn't use.

    25. Michael Merhar on

      While I agree about the difficulty of allowing people to choose whether to have Lemon Balm or Mint would be difficult. You have to consider that when a lot of people backed this project it clearly states in our rewards "includes 3 plant cartridges: basil, thyme, and lemon balm." Many of your backers won't be aware of any changes do to lack of engagement in the project until they receive their rewards survey or reward itself. This can lead to a lot of backlash for you. If any choices are available they should be placed on stretch goal items or you are in fact not provided the rewards you are to fulfill to best of your ability. I am fine with either lemon balm or mint but many people will be dissapointed in you changing the rewards they gave money for. On a more positive note I love this projects and can't wait for its fall arrival. Thanks for the updates so far.

    26. Dereck Mun-Hin Fok on

      I already grow my own mint and basil thus, I too would rather have lemon balm than mint. If it is not too difficult to implement, perhaps you could provide an option in the backer survey to indicate whether or not we would like the mint "upgrade" or if we could choose which plant to replace instead.

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      Daniel Gaddi on

      I want lemon balm to chew :(

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      Kimberly Maine on

      I don't want mint. I have so much in my garden I have to pull it out every year. But I can't seem to grow lemon balm :(

    29. Thomas R Aus B on

      Only for 1000+ Pledges?
      I though 10 Person of all pledgers get this one instead of the normal garden. 10 random persons of course. :(

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      Bradley Subler on

      Please let us decide if we want to trade for mint. I wanted my lemon balm :((

    31. Click & Grow 2-time creator on

      Xicluna, Remi - we hear you but we won't be able to fulfil individual requests as part of this Kickstarter project. Shipping more than 8600 herb gardens on time is challenging as is.

      Jose - it takes a lot of hours making the devices interactive one by one, so we're only making up to 10 of them on the $1000 pledge level.

    32. Jose Talavera on

      If there are any left of the interactive units, how I qualify for one?
      Thank you very much.

      Jose Talavera

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      Remi D. Finjord on

      I agree with Xicluna, in that it would be nice to specify which refills we want in the Kickstarter survey.

      Also, your way of making the herbs touch sensitive is really cool. :)

    34. Val-X on

      I think is a good point to have the choice of the refills at the end of the kickstarter like in others kickstarter I've backed. An email or an another way to return to you our choice of 6 refills.

      sorry for my improve language I'm not english =/

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      Sofia Volynets on

      Thank you very much for your project and all the stretch goals. Can’t wait to receive one Smart Garden for myself and present another one to my mum!)

      One more vote for switching only one something to mint in combo set.

    36. Click & Grow 2-time creator on

      Antoinette - this technology is using an electrical conductivity property of plants (or almost anything else), we haven't modified plants themselves.

      Sam - so far everyone has been very supportive of the Mint upgrade. If we hear something different back from the survey, we'll have to figure something out.

    37. Sam Maurer on

      What if you don't want mint though? I have no use for a mint plant, but I could use all of the refills that we currently achieved.

    38. Antoinette King on

      Forgive my ignorance, but exactly how do your "make" herbs sensitive to touch? Are you genetically modifying the plant?

    39. Robbie on

      mint is good..
      but i hope that the combo backers receive one with classic refills and one with the mint instead of what the survey decide