Designers often look to that greatest of designers for inspiration. No, we're not talking about Dieter Rams, though he's obviously right up there with ole Mother Nature. One of the most notable trends in industrial design in the last few years is a literal green movement: using plant shapes as the basis of electronics design. Here are 5 of our favourites...
PhotonSynthesis: Recharge your cellphone and camera with this universal & usb solar-cell tree charger that offers 54 tiny photovoltaic panels as the leaves of its form.
The Andrea air purifier: uses an integrated fan and lighting system to keep air purifying plants growing and healthy.
Plantbot: we thought it was creepy then and we still think it's creepy now. But it's undoubtedly fascinating to watch.
Midori AC Adaptor Mimics Plant Vines: if happen to want to hide your wires amongst your houseplants, this is it.
The Healing Leafs from Sega Toys: for very lonely people or cubicle bound prisoners, you can talk to a mechanical plant for companionship.
The Solarpot: charge your batteries with the power of the sun with the tree-shaped charging station.
LED Display Plant Pot: mimics the rings of a tree's trunk to show the age of your plants.