With Augmented Reality on the rise, we have seen some interesting ways that AR can inform purchasing decisions by superimposing products into our living rooms. A new app called Plant Life Balance takes a similar approach, drawing on scientific research to help users kit out their homes with just the right amount of air- and soul-cleansing plants.
Plants give air quality a boost, further to just making space feel that little bit nicer. The team behind the new app wants to take things one step further, reviewing more than a hundred scientific rating systems to develop what it calls the Plant Life Balance Index. It is basically a rating system for how much various plant species can improve the lives of urban dwellers, offering two key metrics; air quality and wellbeing.
The app takes into account the surface area of a plant's leaves, how big the plant themselves are and which combination of small and large plants can have maximum impact, depending on the space. Users snap a photo of the room with a smartphone and simply enter the number and size of plants in the space. The app then spits out a rating on how healthy the space is, and allows users to tweak things by dragging and dropping virtual plant into the room and adjust their size.
The app is free and available for both iOS and Android worldwide.