A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
We believe in easy to use products, which make life a little more fun. That is why we designed the ultimate self-watering flowerpot, named The Natural Balance. This flowerpot works with a unique mechanism that gradually feeds the plant.
The flowerpot has an integrated water reservoir, which keeps the plant’s soil hydrated. The pot and the reservoir are divided by a water-permeable part, made from earthenware. This material lets water gradually through, only when the plant needs it, and prevents it from soaking the soil.
The reservoir is positioned on one side of the pot. When it is empty, the weight is no longer equally divided over the pot and The Natural Balance will tip over to let you know a refill is needed.
Simply refill the reservoir and the flowerpot will return to its upright position.
To fit plants with different weights and shapes, the pivoting point is adjustable by a magnetic slider.
Plants like herbs, cactuses or succulents with a maximum diameter 15 cm / 6 inch will fit The Natural Balance. The reservoir has a volume of 700 ml / 24 fl oz, this volume can nurture a plant for up to four weeks.
The Natural Balance is made of high quality ceramic and available in variation of matte colors.
Design & Manufacturing
After years of development and testing, we have finalized the patent pending design. This flowerpot matches our high quality standards and with large scale production in mind, we can easily upscale production.
We have many years of experience in ceramic manufacturing. Products such as cups, vases, flowerpots and other daily used items are all handmade in our workshop in the Netherlands. We offer worldwide shipping, so we already served a wide range of happy customers.
Use of funds
The funds for this campaign will be used to invest in:
A larger kiln
New set of molds
Large purchase of raw materials
As a thank you to all existing and new backers, we want to introduce stretch goals. If the campaign reaches a certain sum of pledges, an extra color will be unlocked. The colors can be chosen in a survey after the campaign is finished. Colors will be available to all backers.
The Natural Balance is designed for people who are tired of watering plants on a daily basis, don’t know how much water a plant needs or for those who go on long vacations.
Risks and challenges
We work many years with trusted suppliers. If due to any circumstances these will not be available, we have to find new suppliers and test their materials, which could cause a delayed production.