Plant Life Balance App: Style Your Space With The First VR Green App

By Women Love Tech
on 29 October 2017

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could blend style and technology in one in terms of beautifying your space?

Well, now you can experience the first virtual greening app that uses augmented reality to confidently style homes with plants while also promoting the health and well-being benefits it brings.

Plant Life Balance will draw attention not only to those with green thumbs but also to people who love to style their space with greeneries.

The new app blends style and new sciences taking users on a journey to find the perfect plants for their humble abode.

Plant Life Balance Features:

Australians get to experience this app first.

The Plant Life Balance app has the following features:

  • Just like IKEA’s IKEA Place app, users get to improve their space through a drag-and-drop feature.
  • You can take a photo of your living area and select the number and size of plants in the space.

The app draws upon collated plant studies from RMIT University and the University of Melbourne. The team are part of the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub. As a result, they are able to give a rating on how healthy their space is.

There are over 90 plant recommendations in the app, from Birds of Paradise to Night Blooming Cactus.

The app is not made only for styling but also to educate users on how to improve their quality of living in the comforts of their homes, offices or any space.

Plant Life Balance has an interactive styling tool designed by horticulturist, Georgina Reid from The Planthunter. This features seven unique plant looks to try in your space.

According to Alex Marshall, Head of Creative and Strategy from Circul8, the app can help people visualise their own unique space. It also gives the users the unique experience to “try before you buy”. When they’re ready to purchase, the app creates a tangible shopping list of real plants for easy purchase.

The Benefits: Science

In order to help people improve their plant life balance, the researchers shared a simple rule of thumb based on scientific evidence, and studies and informed the basis for the app’s functionality.

  • To improve air quality, simply add one medium-sized plant to a medium-sized room. This increases the air quality by up to 25%.
  • To improve well-being, putting five or more plants in your space promotes feelings of healthiness, and being happier. It also promises to improve concentration and productivity.

“Our aim was to take the world of research and synthesise the knowledge into a scale of benefits provided by plants by grouping them into two categories: air quality and wellbeing,” said lead researcher, Dominique Hes, Director of the Thrive Research Hub at the University of Melbourne and part of the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub.

The app, which has been developed with the nursery industry, can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play.

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