Internet of things: connecting people and plants

The plant that makes phone calls or tweets if it needs water has become one of the icons of Arduino and the Maker movement. Now, a newcomer to the talking plant market, Parrot’s Flower Power, begs a reconsideration of the original project and a survey of other devices that connect people and plants. Developed in 2006, Botanicalls has been featured in mainstream news (like the New York Times but also lesser […]


Internet of Things Awards 2012

Our friends at OpenPicus told us about this interesting contest called “Internet of Things” 2012 edition. Not only is it a cool contest, it’s a useful list of mostly Open-Source projects made by companies, individuals and students. Products to vote for have been divided into the following categories: Connected Product (Body) Connected Product (Home) Design Fiction DIY Project Enterprise Application Environmental Application Networked Art Open Source Project Smart City application We […]



Spotify box is exemplary Maker design

Apparently, students in Sweden do really cool degree projects. Catalan-born Jordi Parra is not yet 30 years old and is now employed in Chicago as an Interaction Designer at IDEO. His final project at Sweden’s Umeå Institute of Design was a device to listen to Spotify at home, and it recently won a prize in the Disruptive category of the IxDA Awards 2012. We at MakeTank love this project. It […]