Garden Audio Launch at Glebe Garden Centre – Weekend of 16th & 17th June 2012

May 28, 2012

Garden Audio is a brand new service that will launch at Glebe Garden Centre on the weekend of 16th & 17th June. The service will cover their range of climbers to start with, then extend to perennials, shrubs, trees and all other plants eventually. The service provides customers with information on their own smart phones about individual plants there and then on the spot. This is delivered as an audio track of around 45 seconds long.            

The audio information describes everything customers need to know to make their plant purchase a success in their own garden – such as how high and wide the plant grows, what aspect and soil conditions it needs (a little more comprehensive than the plant label), supplemented by how to plant it, growing tips, and information about what else will be required (e.g. compost, stakes, tree ties, plant supports, etc.)            

One text message brings up the audio menus, then with two clicks the plant audio files are accessed via the particular plant’s latin name shown within the audio menu. Customers can even listen to information when they get home later, allowing them to refer back to things like planting tips.

There is no ‘app’ to download and the simple process of accessing the service is specifically designed for those with limited smart phone expertise. There is no fiddly keying necessary, or the need to find your way round web-pages (which are always hard to see outdoors). 

This service is free to customers – the only cost is for one text and a small amount of data, which is usually covered within the smart-phone user’s standard contract from the network operator. Come along and try it for yourself on 16th & 17th June.


 

What is Garden Audio ?

January 30, 2012

Garden Audio is a service for Show Gardens & Garden Centres that provides visitors with information on their own smart phones about any individual plant.

This is delivered as an audio track of around 45 seconds long.

 The audio information explains things like how high and wide does the plant grow, whether it likes sun or shade, what soil conditions it needs, is it hardy, will it be invasive, other growing tips and general information.

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How Does it Work ?

January 30, 2012

Once the service is installed by the venue, then all visitors with a smart phone can access the system.

One text message brings up the audio menus on their phone, then with two clicks they access the particular plant audio file via its latin name shown within the audio menu.

 Alternatively, it is possible for the plant audio file to be invoked directly by the user scanning a QR (quick response) code with the smart phone.

The use of QR codes is less reliable as a method for common adoption, ...


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Does Garden Audio work any where ?

January 30, 2012

Whilst the Garden Audio service is implemented for each venue, the bespoke audio menus created for that location are then available on the visitors phone where ever there is a 3G signal or home wi-fi.

So it is perfectly possible for a visitor to hear about the plants at the venue they have visited even when they get home allowing them to refer back to the Audio Menu later.

The system can also link directly to the venue plant sales catalogue, so people can listen to the details of  the plant ...


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Is there an 'App' to Download ?

January 30, 2012
There is no ‘app’ (smart phone application) to download.

The process of accessing the service is specifically designed for those with limited smart phone expertise.

The process begins with the sending of a very short text message code (this is free of cost). 

The sender receives back a short text message which when clicked automatically loads our 'Audio Menu', this is instant and requires no installation or complex keying.

By selecting options within the Audio Menu the Garden visitor can li...
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How Much Does it Cost ?

January 30, 2012

The Garden Audio service can be implemented at any Show Garden or Garden Centre.

The system is free to use for the end user (anyone visiting the Garden or Centre) there is nothing for them to pay, but the person using their smart phone must be able to send a short text message and have access to either a wi-fi or 3G data service.

The location or venue pays Garden Audio Ltd one simple monthly fee for provision of the service and access to the many thousands of tracks in the audio library.


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Is Garden Audio easy to use ?

January 30, 2012

The Garden Audio Smart Phone application is designed for those with limited smart phone expertise.

There is no fiddly keying necessary, or the need to find your way round web-pages.

Via the Audio Menu we employ a simple 'two clicks' method of accessing information, so anyone with a smart phone can use it, all that is required is for the user to send off a short text message... then tap twice to hear the Audio Library entry selected. The service works for all age ranges and is designed to be...


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