Eye catching sensor design
New technology combines several existing sensors used in the greenhouse industry in one mobile sensor. I was asked to come up with an eye catching, yet plausible and functional design for a promotion prototype of how the final sensor might look.
The final design solution was based on infield research, in which all the needs and challenges of the green house environment were mapped. The sensor had to be durable, easy to spot and place able both standing and hanging. By using a combination of organic and geometrical form language, the technology of the sensor and the organic environment, in which it is to be used, are represented.
The company Danfoss IXA, who developed the technology, presented the prototype at COP15 in Copenhagen. Furthermore they placed a patent on the design.
The profile of the sensor is inspired by a yoga-position. The reference is not obvious at first glance, but the human proportions of the design inevitable makes you emphasize with the sensor. After presenting the design to the company, they quickly nicknamed it The Blue Lady, without me spilling out the source of inspiration.
I visited several of the potential users of the sensor. Each greenhouse has it’s own needs when it comes to monitoring their production. It has to do with the kind of crops they farm, the size of the greenhouses, heat, humidity and so on.