eva is constructed „hyper modular“, which adapts to different needs of different users in advance. The concept is based on three main modules which contain the so-called „hyper modules“: a microgreen, aqua and insects module which can be freely combined. Tastes are different so there is no problem in growing exclusivly microgreens or other combinations due to the modular system. The „eva“-unit measures 60x40x60 cm and is a built-in home appliance.
The User Interface shows all important informations for the user about the breeding process. Within the colored circles is the time until the harvest. The swtichable glass reacts on approach and allows it to take a look inside the module. Beside of information about the breeding process eva has a built in commuity to share reciepes and breeding results.
If the glass is switched to transparent, there are infomation on each object inside, using augmented reality. This allows us to show the information exactly where it belongs to.
With the eva-App you can order new pads, check your own profil or share your breeding with your friends. Of course you also can monitor your breeding process if you're not at home.
The microgreen-modules are based on a hydroponic system, reducing water consumption by up to 95% compared to conventional agriculture, while at the same time increasing the nutrient content of the plant up to three times due to nutritient enriched water.
We are convinced that the benefits of insects against meat are extraordinary and therefore provide a vital source of protein. The insect module consists of four hyper modules, enhancing the possibility to grow various types of insects simultaneously. The harvest is initiated automatically by the system. This means that the user never gets in touch with the living insects.
The aquaculture module has a capacity of 40 liters. Unlike the other categories of modules, the module can not moved out of the base housing, because of the risk of leaking water, as well as the prevention of water pollution.
The eva project was built at the HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd. The students Tobias Albrecht, Beatrice Busch, Julian Dorn and Philipp Ries built a interdisciplinary team for working together at the project eva – evolution of agriculture. The project was originally created for the Siemens Home Appliances Design Award 2016, where it was awarded as the second winner.