Indoor Greenhouse Creates A Social Network Of Growers [Video]
Homegrown plants and vegetables made more accessible by MEG.
Growing plants and vegetables has countless benefits, but it’s not always that straightforward. MEG is a new open-source greenhouse that lets you call on the crowd when you’re not quite sure what to do. Not only does the greenhouse look cool and let you control everything, but it only uses the same amount of power as a flatscreen TV.
Created by engineers in Italy, the greenhouse gives you control of variables such as Light-cycles, Ventilation, Temperature, Irrigation, and Soil PH. What makes it really special though, is the network that it will one day tap into. “We try to standardize and give growth parameters to each plant,” says Carlo D’Alesio, one of the engineers. “All the sensors and programming contributes to this open and shared knowledge vision. We call it growing automation.”
The idea in still in the final stages of development, but it makes technology that was previously only available on an industrial scale, accessible to the public. In the wake of dire climate change predictions, it’s the kind of device that could become more and more popular in people’s homes.
MEG is currently running a Kickstarter Campaign to raise the money they need for the final stages of development. In place of lone individuals tending their gardens, the device could create a global network of people helping each other to grow bigger, better and more efficient types of plants.