The design of urban farming tool, requires components

  • Actuator :LED light (red and blue),  pump, valve(optional to the droplet), fans (cool the environment and air exchange)
  • Sensor: PH, temperature, humidity, light, C02 Sensor
  • physical structure:
  • water reservoir, plant holder, 反光片
  • replacement:
  • water , nutrient-rich liquid,
  • virtual structure:

Control interface:

the pumping rate, the air exchange rate, the lighting hour

Sensing interface:

            the temperature, humidity , light , CO2 , PH

Automation interface:

              rule provided to run the micro farm.

The advice is based on pre-agreed “growing plans” that it generates based on what plants people want to grow.

Energy interface:

            energy consumed and energy produced
    Knowledge interface:
            knowledge about every plant, create and share data that is really easy and applicable.

The necessary condition: constant water demand, air exchange, light , temperature.

The environment of hebe living should be separated from human living environment?

  • human living space is less humidity, more natural light, temperature are 20 – 25 degrees.
  • plant living environment is more humidity 40 – 60 %, combined red and blue light.
  • While the plants live in the open air without a green house structure, the living conditions are more dry, more hot, so the plant demands more and constant water irrigation or droplet.  The water consuming speed are much quicker than in the enclosed green house environment
  • To prolong the water recycling, the water should not exposed to the air, only the leafs are exposed to the air


Where is the energy source to drive the LED light, pump, air fan?    outlet or solar, wind source

how to reduce the energy cost?  1. use the sustainable energy; 2.periodically run the water pump and air fan.   automation

Where is the water source ?    manually add water to the water reservoir. notify to human.


Automation part:

pumping, lighting, air exchange

Manual part:

“reservoir” refills and other maintenance


How to supply with more CO2, How to control the temperature

  • Give more advice on how to better grow;
  • Give more real time awareness and control;
  • Reduce the efforts on the manual part;
  • Reduce the energy costs;


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The plan isn’t just a fun gimmick, the circular design actually fits more plant real estate into a smaller footprint. “If you calculate the circumference of the wheel, you have larger growing area that helps to cultivate more plants with a lower energy cost,” explains Rutilo. It’s hard to believe, but that wheel is actually holding over 8 feet of plants, a space savings that allows one light source to do where, traditionally, two or more would be required.

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The Kitchen Nano Garden by Hyundai is a super cool concept for growing a vegetable garden right in your kitchen, without help from sun or rain. And yes, it is straight from The Jetsons.

Nano Garden is a vegetable garden for the apartment kitchen, using hydroponics, so users don’t need to worry about pesticides or fertilizers. Instead of the sunlight, Nano Garden has lighting which promotes the growth of plants. The amount of light, water and nutrient supply is also controllable, so users can decide the growth speed. It lets users know when to provide water or nutrients to the plants, and Nano Garden functions as a natural air purifier, eliminating unpleasant smells.

labbox rendering numbered1 Inside the LabBox Grower


  1. LabBox Controller
    The LabBox Controller is the main brain of the system. This controls the nutrient delivery, temperature control and the light schedules.  At the top of the LabBox Grower is a push button switch that allows you to select between 3 light schedules (24hr, 18/6, 12/12).

  2. High Intensity LED Light System
    The array of red and blue high intensity lights provides an efficient way to deliver the lighting spectrum needed for optimum plant growth. LED Blue Wavelength: 470nm /  LED Red Wavelength: 630nm.

  3. Active Carbon
    The active carbon filters help eliminate some odors that may permeate from your grow. These are replaceable filters that can be purchased through our store.

  4. Removable Top Access
    The removable top held down by magnets help contain the vermiculite medium and plant in its grow tray during growth and transport. The removable top provides access the plant’s root system or growing medium to clean or flush salt buildups. The LabBox grower includes two swappable  tops  (Left side opening and Center opening tops).

  5. LST Tie Downs
    The Low Stress Training (LST) tie down screws are provided to help you train your plant to grow in a certain direction or height.  Wires are used to tie down your grow.

  6. Grow Tray
    This is the where your plants grow. Simply add the included vermiculite  medium and seed to start growing.

  7. Nutrient Reservoir
    The nutrient reservoir is where you will be filling your water with the nutrients.  Air is pushed from the pump into the air-tight reservoir causing positive pressure, pushing your water/nutrient solution into the grow tray while oxygenating the root system. Two access points are provided to fill and clean your reservoir.

  8. Air Circulation Output
    The air vents located on the grow box case provides a circulatory airflow, replacing all the air within the grow box about every 3 minutes. This also aids in the temperature control system integrated in the LabBox Controller. Note, that the ventilation system was designed to be used with the case provided. Air circulation and temperature control may not work properly without the case. Although, the using the case is optional depending on your environmental temperatures.

  9. Grow Box Case
    The grow box case is actually a large CD or DVD case used to hold about 12 CDs.  This case has been modified to house the grow box securely.

  10. Air Circulation Input
    The air circulation input brings fresh air into your grow box providing needed oxygen (for the roots) and carbon dioxide to your plants.



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