2021 Galleries

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Winner - Gold

Competition: Spark:Spring Student
Designer: BeomSeock Heo
Design Type: Product & industrial
Company / Organization / School: Korea Design Membership+
Team Members: BeomSeock Heo

COVID 19 has cut off volunteers from looking for the elderly living alone. Also, that situation cut off communication between the old man and his child. Therefore, the demand for home CCTV installation has increased for the elderly living alone in Korea.However, the home CCTV violated the human rights of the elderly and rather reduced communication with each other.Eventually, the elderly became more lonely and exposed to the risk of depression and dying alone. So we thought about how to solve the communication problem between the elderly and children naturally. MAUM is a smart flowerpot that helps people communicate with the elderly who lives alone by showing figuratively how they are doing.When an old man's flowerpot tilts when the soil dries up, his child's flowerpot tilts equally. MAUM makes children to talk about how their parent doing to their parent themselves.


The interaction to consider human to human connection beyond the screen or audio is commendable. I'd like to see more exploration of how the plant and motion of the plant pot behaves and how this relates to the user experience. E.g. partial water versus neglect...

Very well conceived inclusive and engaging creative design research project that addresses aging-in-place, user-experience and design across the lifespan...

Nice idea of having twin plants and twin plant care as well as a pot that communicates its need for water. It is unclear how the mechanism works to make the pot tip over.