Gardening may seem impossible if you live in a small apartment miles from the nearest patch of grass, but a group of MIT students have applied some technology to the problem.
SproutsIO (via TreeHugger) is an indoor microfarming system that’s controlled by a smartphone. The soil-free or aeroponic system applies a spray of nutrient mist periodically, taking cues from sensors. The misters feature lights and cameras, so the attentive gardener can monitor progress.
The system’s creators hoped to create something streamlined and easy that takes the confusion out of growing food in the home. It’s also efficient: It reportedly uses 98 percent less water and 60 percent less fertilizer than conventional methods, but produces six times the amount of food one would in a similar-sized pot of soil.
A relatively small footprint also means units can be spread throughout a house. Restaurants could even use the system to grow their own ingredients for some truly “locally-sourced” dishes.
SproutsIO is currently in beta testing, and is expected to go on sale commercially next year.