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HAND MADE - HIGH TECH Based on Sea/ Neptune Ball.

For nature, sea balls are a sign of clean, unpolluted sea water and beaches. It is safe material as well, not only because it can be used without any additives as an insulating material, but it also does not contain any salts and proteins - does not rot - and its seaweed fibers are not harmful to the human organism. The movement of the waves is the reason of the round structure of these little balls and in that way it can be easily manipulated.

Using similar materials - sea ball cannot be found in UK - interesting outcomes came out from several experiments based on the sea ball’s properties.

Experiments - Materials. Leaves, Fibers, Edible Vegetable, Paper, String

Experiments - Materials. Sponge, Cotton, Lentils, Water

Process. Balls made by similar-shaped materials with the original sea ball’s materials.

Process: Lentil roots will grow in the shape of the sponge(round). Natural shaping of ball of roots.

Initial Ideas: Insulated pet house. (made by wool, paper, leaves)

Initial Ideas: Insulated Ear-phones. (sound insulation) Sponge with flower. (water/moisture sensor, light, charged with sunlight)

Research on insulation. Neptune Balls are used for building insulation. The majority of insulation in buildings is for thermal purposes. Neptune Balls is a non-structural form insulation like Spray Foams, Fiberglass batts, Cotton batts and blankets and natural fibers such as Cork, Cotton, Flax, Mineral wool, Recycled tissue/ clothes and Sheep Wool. Research on devises for clean evnironment. Air-Cleaners/Purifiers, Moisture / Water Cleaners, Floor Cleaners. The plant “Posidonia Oceanica” cannot be found in polluted water. This is a very interesting fact that will help to develop and expand my ideas for creating a new device or interface. Initial Ideas: Automatic Air-cleaner. (charged with sunlight)

-Kleanthis Michail



This is a “green� device, friendly to the environment. You can use it as a flower pot, hung from the roof or anything without taking much space. The sponge has the ability to store water without letting it drop on the floor. Inside the sponge, there is a sensor that detects water or moisture. This sensor is connected with a light bulb and also with sunlight charging batteries. When the plant of the sponge needs water the light bulb turns on, warning the user to water the plant. The plant is a natural air filter by itself using plant-base air purification (using the metabolic properties of plants).

Lighted Sponge with plant.

First experiment. A thick string was used to hold the sponge, to make a knot in the centre of it. When the sponge with the flower is hung, it will be balanced. Second Experiment. The light was used according the sketches that were made. However, it was not convenient to place the light bulb on the top. It was also not so aesthetic used in that way. So, the light was placed inside the sponge and then the effect that came out was very interesting and quite beautiful. Third Experiment. At first, white light was used. But then I tried to see the result of using red light. The result was again very interesting. The lights are waterproof so it is safe to water the plant.

Final Piece - Evaluation. Starting the experiments according to my first idea, the result was different but more effective than what was expected. This is the magic of experimentation. For this final piece, the lights are placed inside the sponge, not on the top of the wire. Everything is now happening in there. The sensor detects water and according to its findings the light turns on white or red. The plant does not need water when the light is white. But when the sponge becomes red, it means that you have to water your plant. In that way, the sponge can be used as a light bulb for indoor spaces! The water does not leak from the sponge. You can also add some cotton or other vitamins for the plant if it is needed.

-Kleanthis Michail


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