The Making

Automated Terrariums

Automated terrariums are the pinnacle of Anea’s design work.

It has been Denny Mo’s dream to blend electronics, a lot of Youtube videos, and help from an electrical engineer to create self-sustaining electronic terrariums. That dream is now a reality.

Our original model terrariums are dependant on a window to give the plants light making them dependent on being placed in specific locations. This was the challenge – create a terrarium that could sustain life anywhere in the home or office.

In our Automated Terrariums,  lighting is provided by a 10w LED, which is strong enough to mimic sunlight. Air is moved through a small fan, which also keeps the LED cool and creates an almost natural environment for the plants to thrive, even where there is no natural sunlight. A safe 12v DC current moves through wires that are cleverly hidden inside the solder joins of the terrarium to preserve the Anea aesthetic.

These automatic terrariums are still under development. We are currently in phase one, where we use an on-off switch to control the terrarium. Phase two involves the inclusion of an Arduino board, which will self-program the terrarium, enabling it to function entirely on its own. A little bit more programming and midnight coffee fueled design and testing sessions will get us there.


Watch this space!