Firm engineers robot to aid hydroponic farming

May 10, 2017, 6:31 AM EDT
(Source: See-ming Lee/flickr)
(Source: See-ming Lee/flickr)

An Israeli startup called Flux, has developed a smart robot that helps users grow vegetables at home with hydroponic farming, a practice that involves cultivation of crops in nutrient-rich water instead of soil.

The tiny robot, named ‘Eddy,’ stays afloat in the water tank of the hydroponic system, tracking vital parameters such as pH levels, nutrient level in water and temperature conditions, writes Nocamels. The data is automatically relayed to a smartphone app that notifies the grower of the crop health.

According to Eddy’s marketing director Karin Kloosterman, the system seeks to make hydroponics accessible to millennials, who are buying their homes and starting food gardens, notes Tree Hugger. Eddy connects with other growers, forming a community for exchange of tailored advice and also learns over time as the users update the database.

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