My final choice for the project was the Rat Pitcher idea. After remembering that my first project idea was based around the Venus Fly Trap, I thought it would be interesting to continue the concept of carnivorous plants and see how much I have improved in modeling plants. This idea was inspired by the Carnivorous Domestic Plant Robots. In the wild, pitcher plants lure in and capture insects and transforms them into energy once they are dissolved. In the future, a genetically modified pitcher plant could be installed in various subway tunnels that will lure and dissolve rats. In NYC alone, there are over 2 million rats living in subways. This will take care of the rat population and transform them into energy to power the lights in the subways or provide any other energy needed in the surrounding area.
1. Futuristic Terrarium Greenhouse:
In this design, I will be modeling a greenhouse that resembles a self sufficient terrarium. The plants will rely on aeroponic and hydroponic systems. There will be solar panels surrounding the building to provide energy to power the water misters/sprinklers and to provide extra energy to the house it’ll be near. People could grow their own food in a very energy efficient way. It’s intended to go in the backyard of a house.
2. Water Filtration Walkway:
My second idea is a large installation exhibit that one might see at a museum. The entire room would be filled with dirt/rocks as a base to resemble a natural walkway. In the center, there would be a stream that’s man made. The stream starts at the top of the slanted room. There will be a hand pump that produces dirty water that viewers will interact with. Once the water is dispensed, it’ll go through a layer of rocks, course sand, fine sand, and charcoal, before coming out clean because it’ll go through a filtration system that’ll clean the dirty water. The clean water will form a little pond at the bottom.
3. Rat Pitcher:
My final idea takes inspiration from pitcher plants. In the wild, pitcher plants lure in and capture insects and transforms it into energy once it’s dissolved. For my idea, a genetically modified pitcher plant or a robotic one will be installed in various subway tunnels that will lure and dissolve rats. In NYC alone, there are over 2 million rats living in subways. This will take care of the rat population and transform them into energy to power the lights in the subways or provide any other energy needed in the surrounding area.