An AI assistant that helps you participate in community farming with ease. It assists you to grow your own food with a story to tell
Farming is our focus. However, there are many aspects and areas we can design for. To answer the very first question and narrow down our scope, we try to fix the scope for our product by understanding who we are creating the product for and what the product is going to be. We listed down all the possible user groups and activities involved in the farming process.
We narrowed down to focus on urban farmers who live in the city but want to have the experience of growing their own food. And Community plays an important role in supporting urban farming. In conclusion, our target user is urban farmers who participate in communities and wants to grow their food.
We conducted on-site studies and interviews to understand in depth the process of urban farming and all its aspects, including how technology is being currently used. We went to participate and interview 3 urban farms around Austin, including the University of Texas's own student-run micro-farm. We also interviewed the sustainability coordinator at UT for his perspective.
User journey story
Jill is a hardworking designer during the weekdays and regular volunteer at an Urban farm on the weekends. She is growing a variety of crops this season. Let us see what Jill's urban farming experience looks like.
We conducted an indepth literature review on the capabilities of artificial intelligence and its application in the field of agriculture. To consolidate the data, we listed possibilities where AI can help. We found that AI can help in almost all stages of farming in one way or another, and how we use it to develop our product would depend on further research.
What can AI do?
How might we utilize AI assistant to improve urban farmer's experience without too much interruption?
FarmVision is a smart AI assistant that helps urban farmers by facilitating plant planning, recommending sustainable farming techniques, monitoring plant development but most importantly it grows a story with your plants
Let's see how Farmvision works!
Jill's new journey as a community volunteer
Gamification of the Farm / Task selection / Notification on plant changes
Jill receives a notification about the status of her plants.
She opens the app, checks on how her plants are doing and is really excited that her lettuce is ready to harvest. And she decides to go to the community farm today and selects tasks she would like to volunteer for, including care for her own plants.
This would also help the farm manager plan and manage better by understanding what tasks have people taken responsibility.
Smart glasses for detection and guidance
Jill puts on FarmVision smart glasses. Glasses are connected to a grid of sensors that collect plant health data to analyze and keep volunteers like Jill updated with required tasks
Personalized assistant on tracking tasks and providing guidance
After identifying the person through voice/retina identification, FarmVision personalizes the experience, and shows the relevant tasks and work.
The smart voice-controlled AI assistant help the volunteers in keeping track of tasks and guide them through the process.
The involvement of the AI assistant in the process is minimal and can be controlled by the user, as the main focus is the tangible experience of farming and community.
Recognize problems / Provide solutions / build a AR plant image to build affection
After having completed a few tasks, she notices there is something wrong with her Beet plants. The leaves have some holes in them, which were not there the previous week.
Apart from helping with tasks, using AI and image recognition, FarmVision can also help troubleshoot problems,
AR plants for engaging experience / build story with the plants
She is happy that she was able to cure her plants. While walking around the farm, there are many surprises that delight her. She loves this new experience of interacting with plants.
Jill puts down the FarmVision smart glasses and goes home.
Monitor the field in real time / Connect with friends
Once Jill returns home, she receives a notification about the status of her plants.
She opens the app, and receives points for all the work she did, and the problems she tackled on the farm.
Mark progress and achievements / build a personal story
The app also lets her track her journey and adds milestones for every big achievement she has. It also guides her on deciding the next plants she wants to grow.