Based on NASA studies, Rotofarm allows home gardens to be maintained in a fully automated manner
With the pandemic of COVID-19 forcing people to stay indoors, many are using this time to develop new skills and acquire new hobbies, and one of those that has gained more fans is that of horticulture.
As they are spending more time at home, many people are taking the opportunity to start planting their own vegetables, aiming not only to spend time but also to improve their lives, feeding on plants that have grown without the need the use of pesticides.
But, although this is easy for those who live in a house and have a yard for this type of plantation, it becomes a little more complicated for those who live in apartments, which often do not have enough space for this type of activity and , in several cases, not even the presence of sufficient sunlight for the cultivation of plants. It is precisely for these people that Rotofarm was developed.
Rotofarm: a complete vegetable garden on your office table
Created by Bace, O Rotofarm it is a complete indoor hydroponic farming station, and allows you to grow high quality vegetables and vegetables even if you live in a very tight apartment.
Inspired by research done by NASA cultivation of plants in zero gravity environments, the Rotofarm uses a fully automated hydroponic system (that is, it doesn’t need land for growing plants) to control water and light, allowing the garden manager not to set alarms to remember to put water on the plant or get her out of the sun.
The system works as a large rotating disk with twenty spaces for seeds, which must be planted using a pod special developed by Bace from coconut fibers, with all the nutrients necessary for the healthy development of these plants. The system also has an LED lamp right in the center of it that replicates the function of sunlight, allowing the cultivation of vegetables even in places where there is no direct access to natural light.
The entire system then rotates more or less as if it were a very low speed fan, making a complete turn on its own axis every hour. This not only allows all the plants there to receive the same amount of light (provided by the lamp in the center), but also decreases the effects of gravity on the system, which helps to decrease the time of cultivation.
This is supported by studies of NASA who found that plants thrive better in low-gravity environments, as there is no force acting against her efforts to take nutrients from the soil and send them to the cells furthest from the root. And, because of this less energy expenditure for nutrients to reach all parts of the plant, they end up developing faster than those that are grown on the ground and subjected to all the gravitational force of the Earth.
For now, the Bace has not yet started mass production of Rotofarm due to the problems caused by the pandemic COVID-19, which has prevented the operation of the factories in the USA and Australia that will make the assembly of the product. That is why, despite the fact that the device has already obtained all the necessary financing, the company still keeps its page on Indiegogo open, which is working as a kind of pre-sale for anyone who wants to guarantee the device before it arrives in stores. If you are interested, you can learn a little more about the equipment in the video below (with English subtitles):
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Source: Rotofarm campaign page on Indiegogo