Dawid Dawod has studied at the Umeå Institute of Design."I took one year's leave to gain experience, make contacts and learn more about the industry," says Dawid, who has spent five months at Global Design Department at Husqvarna Group's head office in Stockholm. "The Group has interesting products and a broad, high-tech product portfolio. I also thought it was interesting to challenge myself to find new solutions suitable to an industry with a rather conservative target group. Would it be possible to think differently and to create new solutions?" says Dawid.
He was inspired by the 2012 Global Garden Report, published by Husqvarna Group. It highlights urbanization, future trends in urban planning and how green spaces affect individuals in society, both socially and psychologically. The report shows that cities with large green spaces attract more people, who also feel better living close to green spaces. According to the Global Garden Report, the green spaces will change architecture; vertical parks, environmental friendly parts of the city with their own echo systems, vertical farms, roof gardens etc. One future challenge for park administrations will then be to ensure that the new green spaces thrive, since a badly run park gives negative image and must be avoided.
"Based on my research, I drew a number of conclusions and then created two different concepts; creating a concept based on product that takes care of green spaces or a concept about solutions that inspire and help people nurture green spaces. “I decided to go for the concept of how to monitor green spaces and give knowledge, so than people can take care of the green spaces in the best possible way. "This will be of utmost importance for park administrations that will have to monitor and care for larger and more complex green spaces in the future”.
The result was ‘the Linnaeus Garden Robotic Monitoring System’, a future solution, as small as a palm. It can move and monitor, both vertically and horizontally, future green spaces. "It will monitor and inform about problems to smart devices; like when to irrigate larger areas, which plants need what kind of fertilizer or soil and if there are pests or parasites in the vegetation." The user might also get tips about what products to use.