Date:4 July 2017
Phabit is smart pot that will cultivate your plant depending on your habits.
Developed by Jen-Hsien Chiu, a graduate from the Royal College of Art in London, Phabit is designed to help users develop better habits. The smart pot was reportedly inspired by his own struggle with gym attendance.
How does Phabit work?
The smart pot is accompanied by an app with a personality quiz. The quiz asks users to respond to scenarios and than analyses their responses and divides them into one of four groups. Groups include Rebel, Obliger, Questioner and Upholder.
Each group identifies challenges specific to the group’s users and helps them establish regular habits like exercise. Using geofencing the app then tracks user behaviour and monitors when they enter or leave specific places like the gym.
The app also doubles as a fitness tracker, tracking your steps as you walk around.
And the plant?
The smart pot will only water the plant and give it sunlight if its owner sticks to their good habits. If the user strays, the plant will die.
“What I found was that a non-living object was too boring for users,” Chiu said in an interview with Dezeen. “After one week users can usually predict what will happen and lose interest. On the other hand, something living was too aggressive for most people. If they failed they would feel too guilty about it to build a habit.”
Dezeen reports Chiu used wildflowers for his Phabit experiments because these plants are resilient and can go without water for longer periods of time.