I saw @Caleb famous Ted Talk nearly 2 years ago and immediately knew I must build something like the Food Computer. My original goal was to build what would basically just be a larger food computer, based on high pressure aeroponics. Nearly 2 years later, I have gone far beyond this, but it’s roots and similarities with the Food Computer can still be easily seen. My dream is that one day these systems can make large data contributions to the Food Computer network, and more broadly, the #nerdFarmer community. More to come on this.
I wanted to share my prototype system with you guys and get your thoughts and feedback!
I call it the SpaceGarden.
It utilizes a variant of high pressure aeroponics that I developed to solve a lot of difficultuies that I found with my HPA system. It’s about the size of a bunk bed and has sites for up to 96 plants. It has 4’ of shoot growth area, and 1.5’ of root growth area so you can grow tall plants like tomatoes or cannabis, as well as rooty plants like potatoes and carrots. It is capable of maintaining optimium climate even in freezing or extremely hot environments (like a basement or garage in summer or winter).
- Temperature Control (+/-)
- Humidity Control (+/-)
- Reverse Osmosis water filtration
- Co2 Sensing and Boosting
- 3 mode LED Lighting (Or lighting of your choice)
- Carbon Filter Air Exhaust
- Locking doors
- Built in 1080p HD Camera
- Air Circulation
- 3x high pressure aeroponic root chambers
- Root temperature control (+/-)
- Water temperature control (+/-)
- 5x Nutrient injectors accurate to <1ml
- pH Sensing
- EC/PPM Sensing
- Backup battery
These photos are of the most recent completed prototype. The production model is in the works now and will be available for pre-order in Spring. Will be unveiling more info about the system in the coming months, check out the website if you’d like to stay updated!
I would love to answer any questions you have!