Eco Gadgets: DNA-inspired hydroponic plant system to grow organic food for yourself
Eco Factor: Indoor hydroponic gardening system.
Growing food for yourself assures you that there aren’t any harmful fertilizers being used, which not only harms the produce but also the environment. Moreover, with the rapid decrease in the land available for irrigation, indoor plantations and hydroponic plantation systems would definitely be common in the near future. Industrial designers Rafael Fernando daSilva and Débora Nogueira wanted to develop a plant system that would bring some nice time for the couple during cooking, with a healthy life concept behind.
The designers’ vision led to the design of a DNA molecule-inspired hydroponic plant system which not only allows the homeowners to produce organic food for them, but also looks like a green sculpture.
The product is made simple, two vertical metal tubes where the germinated seeds of the plants are placed into small holes around the tubes. A net holds them till they start to grow. There is also a light system, with a mobile light focus that can be programmed along the path where it moves, providing the right type and duration of light for certain plants.
The hydroponic process is based on the NFT hydroponic system, an active process where a solution with nutrients is fed from a deposit to the culture channel. Part of the root of the plant gets a constant water flux, while the other part is in direct contact with humid air.
Thanks: [Rafael Fernando daSilva]