Farm 4.0 has developed a new indoor robot to harness the power of Artificial Intelligence and allows people to grow herbs, vegetables and fruits in their homes.
Herbot is a line of smart indoor gardening robots that make it possible for everyone to automatically grow their own food or medicine at home, regardless of climate, space, time, or lack of planting experience.
Herbot feeds, waters, and knows how much light to provide plant using an app-controlled system that learns from your preferences. All you have to do is pick your favourite plant foods, place them in Herbot and watch them grow.
“We wanted Herbot to think like a gardening expert. So we partnered with a group of cultivation specialists to develop Herbot’s brain, an intelligent microcontroller integrated with a host of monitoring systems connected to the Herbot Cloud,” said Talha Sabri, CEO Farm 4.0.
“With Herbot’s automatic gardening capabilities, we hope to help those who might never have grown food before by giving them the resources and confidence to become urban farmers and join the growing movement for all-natural, hyper-local food.”
The network of sensors constantly monitors numerous factors related to the environment, growing medium, and the state of plants being grown. Since Herbot knows exactly the type of plant being grown and what it needs to thrive, it uses data to adjust the system’s environment at key stages in its growth to ensure the best results.
Herbot’s system connects the real-time streaming of sensing information to a vast database of indoor farming knowledge, which allows to constantly what plants need to stay healthy and reach their full potential, guaranteeing the greatest quality, taste and yield.
All you have to is add water, insert the seeds and nutrient solution, and selected a growing algorithm. The app will guide all the way, making the growing process a breeze for even the less experience gardener.
The Hebot app allows to see a live feed of what you’re growing from anywhere. It also makes it easy to share video and make time-lapse videos. The camera helps the system tailor environmental factors to nurture the plants, through the use of intelligent computer vision algorithm that evaluate the plant’s condition, health, and maturity level.
Herbot can grow a variety of produce from fruiting plants to leafy green and herbs to root vegetables including tomatoes, peppers, berries, microgreens, medicinal herbs, mushrooms, edible flowers, and more.
The automatic watering system knows exactly how much water the plants needs, and supplies it at the right time to keep growing without hassle. The water reservoir can hold a month’s supply of water, and the Herbot app will tell when the level the level is getting low.
To truly optimize the conditions for plants, Herbot also includes a water heater and oxygen enrichment system, which keeps the water at the ideal temperature and oxygenation levels. The inclusion of a UVA keeps the plants healthy and simulates the production of Vitamin D while being completely safe.
The pods have been designed to be easy to use and store, and is made from biodegradable materials and contained germinated seeds ready to sprout out of button.
There are three variations of Herbot currently being made available on Kickstarter: the compact and affordable Herbot Mini, the sophisticated and high-precision Herbot Pro and Herbot Grande, with advanced growing technologies and an elongated growing space.
Furthermore, Herbot’s proprietary DIY “Seedling” Kits allows avid builders, electronics enthusiasts, or experienced indoor gardeners to build their own automated hydroponic growing system to customize the device to meet the specifications leveraging pre-designed sensors, electronics and schematics.
Farm 4.0 has started a Kickstarter to generate buzz around the indoor farming robot, increasing promotion and getting last-mile funding to deploy the system worldwide.
Herbot is said to be the first step the long term impact on food security in the face of climate change and global malnutrition. The tabletop hydroponic unit will lead to a grander vision, and pilot projects will be launched in areas experiences desertification and drought in Africa and Middle East, and locations have been identified in Pakistan, Tanzania and in Syrian refugees camps in Jordan.