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Growing vegetables via smartphone

Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 01:25

A fully automated indoor farming system that its developers say is capable of growing pesticide free vegetables via your smartphone is unveiled at CES 2016. Ben Gruber reports.

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Growing your own produce just got really easy. This is a farm cube - a fully enclosed ecosystem capable of growing hydroponic vegetables indoors. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JACK TING, CEO OF OPCOM, SAYING: "In this one (Farm Cube), the one cycle, around six weeks, 200 pieces or 100 pieces depending on different vegetables." Seedlings are loaded into the cube. The growth cycle is then completely automated using farming software that monitors the plants and adjusts the environment accordingly, adding the perfect amount of air, light, and water needed for different stages of development. Not home and worried about your farm cube? There's an App for that. Cameras and sensors allow you to monitor everything from the PH levels to the LED light settings from anywhere with an Internet connection. Its makers boast that the veg produced in their cubes are better for you than anything you can pick up at the market. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JACK TING, CEO OF OPCOM, SAYING: "All water is UV light purified so it is very safe, even our vegetables, no need to wash." The company also makes the Farm Container. This solar powered multi-cube system can grow 2,000 plants at once…enough lettuce to feed an army of vegetarians with big appetites.

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Growing vegetables via smartphone

Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 01:25