A LEGO style farming system? That’s the whole idea behind the planty cube, a fully automated vertical farming system that empowers farmers to tend their crops anytime, and even from remote locations. The system’s take on LEGO bricks is a modular-style design consisting of multiple capsules known as pickcells, containing the seeds of every individual plant.
The planty cube was featured prominently at Las Vegas’ CES 2020, the largest consumer technology fair in the world. CES is a yearly electronics and technology trade show drawing the participation of major companies and industry professionals from around the globe. The revolutionary planty cube system won the CES 2020 Best of Innovation Award at this year’s event.
The IoT startup n.thing is the mastermind behind the ‘planty cube’, as well as the smart hydroponic farm that embodies and represents the planty cube design. Developed in the shape of a shipping container, the farm consists of stacked rows and shelves of planters lining every wall, with every pickcell approximately 2 inches in width, length, and depth. Once seeds are sown by way of their smart seed capsules, a computer system regulates the environment through a monitoring of plant well-being and the adjustment of the LED lights, temperature and humidity. The planty cube system calls upon sensors to generate plant data and can be through a smartphone, thus allowing for the experience of remote farming.
The grow system can be used in a wide range of settings, ranging from an apartment unit to a cafeteria, and has such a great power of automation that plants can survive sans human attention. This feature renders the system a must have for clients who wish to begin vertical farming businesses or to expand the size of their farm at little cost, over more extensive time periods and in keeping with their business growth.
Many companies are introducing vertical farming concepts, such as LG, who debuted its interior vertical farm at CES 2020. Contrary to glasshouse production, which depends on sunlight, vertical farming technology utilises LED lighting to supply varying wavelengths of light, in accordance with crop and growth stage requirement. These advanced agricultural units offer solutions to problems such as excess water usage and pollution, and help to ensure that the future of farming is a sustainable one.