Motorleaf is taking the world of indoor agriculture by the roots and turning it on its head. Designed by growers for growers, Motorleaf specializes in designing and producing some of the most innovative hardware and software that, essentially, enable plants to grow themselves by using data and algorithms. We’ve been crafting and perfecting the future of grow equipment for some time, and now we’re incredibly proud to present the latest line of Motorleaf products.
Our aim is to dramatically change the world, by lowering the barrier of entry so millions of people all over the world can embrace growing crops for themselves and each other.
Motorleaf is a fully-integrated system comprised of four different hardware components. With Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning-enabled hardware, Motorleaf is leading the way for indoor growers, allowing them to turn their existing indoor grow rooms and greenhouses into smart, connected grow operations. In short, we put the power to control your plants right at your fingertips. Designed to be a plug ‘n’ play system, you decide which parts of your grow operation you want to control, monitor and automate.
All Motorleaf products come with free software, however, our Kickstarter backers will get an upgrade to the premium set of features for 6 months!
The Motorleaf system is comprised of four separate components, each of which has a specific set of functions.
Monitor air temperature, light level and humidity. Automate feeder pumps and light schedules, receive alerts and connect any USB-enabled webcam. Utilize the motion detection sensors to receive alerts when you have unwanted intruders in your grow space, or simply check in on your grow.
Connecting wirelessly to the HEART, the Droplet monitors your water level, water temperature, pH level and overall nutrient composition (TDS: minerals, salts, etc.) of your water reservoir tank every 4 seconds.
Connecting wirelessly to the HEART and Droplet, the Driplet delivers precise amounts of pH up and down solutions, as well as Nutrients A and B - keeping your levels exactly where they need to be 24/7.
The PowerLeaf talks wirelessly to the HEART to automate and control any two of the following grow pieces of equipment: air coolers, fans, heaters, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, reservoir chillers, reservoir heaters and reservoir pumps.
Motorleaf helps you produce larger quantities of a higher-quality crop. “How,” you ask? The answer is by automatically adjusting to the needs of your crop. You can even connect additional devices to the HEART to monitor and automate more aspects of your indoor grow. Our Artificial Intelligence-equipped hardware components take the guesswork out of growing.
A successful grow system starts from the HEART. Monitor all major aspects of your grow operations environment from your laptop, desktop, tablet or smartphone. Stay connected and keep a close eye on your grow space, nutrient levels, water temperature, water levels, light levels, pH, air temperature and humidity. Feeling extra protective of your crop? Connect a webcam to your HEART and be the first to know if an unwanted intruder or problem sprouts up. Enjoy peace of mind whether you’re on or offline - as the HEART has it’s own hard drive to keep data locally secure.
A garden is a garden, no matter how big or small. Whether you’re harvesting a closet-sized grow space or a 5-acre-sized greenhouse, you get to decide which part of your indoor grow operation you want to automate, regardless of the crop type. Motorleaf’s plug ‘n’ play hardware allows you to connect virtually any equipment you’ll use for indoor farming - and scale to your size by simply adding units - and have them wirelessly speak to each other.
When it comes to your garden, there is another form of green that you should be taking into consideration - money! Save money and, in turn, make money with Motorleaf. Remember all that time you used to spend monitoring and worrying about your garden? Now you can spend it on helping other aspects of your life and let your business thrive.
We are nothing without our HEARTS, and neither are your gardens. At the center of Motorleaf’s monitoring and automation system, the HEART can operate separately, or connect to the PowerLeaf, Droplet and Driplet, to control all aspects of your grow environment.
Connecting wirelessly to the HEART, the PowerLeaf tells your grow equipment, such as a heater or dehumidifier, when to turn on and off based upon sensor readings from both the HEART and Droplet - OR you can simply turn on/off via your wireless enabled device.
Monitor everything that’s connected to your water reservoir. Every four seconds, the Droplet will wirelessly send data to the HEART including water temperature, water levels, pH levels and nutrient levels.
Wirelessly connect the Driplet to your HEART and Droplet to automate the delivery of pH and nutrients based on timer settings or actual live grow conditions.
The Driplet is built with multiple fail-safe features in order to prevent unintentional changes of pH/Nutrient mix in the reservoir.
1 - If the Droplet is off, the Driplet disables all pumps since the readings from the Droplet are the basis for manually or automatically controlling pH and nutrients.
2 - If the HEART is off or stops sending acknowledgment packets to the Driplet, the Driplet turns off all the pumps.
3 - If the Driplet can't communicate to the HEART, the pumps are turned off automatically.
4 - If the Driplet refreshes its address in the mesh, which can take anywhere from 2 - 15 seconds, the pumps are turned off to ensure that no pump is running longer than the predefined ON-time (4 seconds).
Access your grow whenever and wherever you are. The Motorleaf software system is accessible online or offline via desktop, laptop, tablet and smartphone. Using our software, you can check your grow space environment history using our easy-to-understand charts. You can even allow friends or coworkers to access your grow history by giving them ‘view only’ profile access.
Monitor all major aspects of your grow room environment. Facilitate custom settings so that your Motorleaf hardware will automate your grow equipment and adjust to your crop’s needs. Receive alerts for any problems that arise that could need immediate attention.
Monitor the nutrients, water temperature, pH levels, water levels, air temperature, humidity and light levels using the Motorleaf software. You can also monitor your grow space via webcam.
Using the Motorleaf software, you can automate your lights, feeder pump, air cooler, heater, humidifier, dehumidifier, pH up, pH down and nutrients A and B.
Receive alerts for custom setpoints such as light level, pH level, water temperature, nutrient level, water level, humidity, air temperature and motion sensor/intruder alerts.
- Custom grow journal with 12 months of historical data storage, including time lapse videos of your grow, user-generated photo library, the ability to add notes to your timeline, share your entire grow journal with friends, and create mini slideshows to share via social media.
- Rate and record different elements of your grow
- Receive text and phone call alerts
- Multi-user access to view dashboards and receive alerts
“This is going to save us a LOT of time, and I love the webcam feature with motion detection - our greenhouses need this.” - Peter Doig, Director of Upland Consulting
“We’ve been looking for a solution to monitor and automate; and you guy’s are by far the most advanced on the market.” - Grant, Vermont Hydroponic
Made up of gardeners, coders, new product specialists, geeks and some old timers - we’re a mixed bag here at Motorleaf.
We can’t thank you enough for checking out our project and helping us make Motorleaf a growing success.
We know not everyone will be able to support us with a pledge, so even if you can’t give a dollar or purchase some hardware, if you’re a supporter of Motorleaf, you can help us spread the word on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Instagram and anywhere else you can think of!
DO YOU PROVIDE EVERYTHING I NEED TO GROW INDOORS?
Unfortunately, no. Motorleaf connects to existing grow equipment that you already own, or to equipment that you can buy from other manufacturers. The amazing news is that we connect to almost any, if not all, types of indoor growing equipment. We also work well with ANY method of indoor crop production, whether it be hydroponics, aeroponics, vertical farming, bucket systems or flood tables. We also work well within almost any environment, such as grow tents, grow cabinets, greenhouses - you name it - we can connect, monitor and automate it.
DOES MOTORLEAF HARDWARE ONLY WORK FOR HYDROPONIC GREENHOUSE GROWERS?
Nope! Motorleaf has been designed to be customizable to an individual grow space. Our clients use Motorleaf to monitor and automate different types of grow mediums. For example - you may have a feeder line going to plants within soil based pots. At the same time you may wish to control your A/C and heaters based upon air temperature and humidity, so you can use the Motorleaf system to turn these things ON/OFF based upon your set points, as well as control your nutrient delivery.
HOW TECHNICAL DO I NEED TO BE TO USE YOUR SYSTEM?
No experience necessary! We designed the software to be intuitive and easy to use. We actually tested it using people who have never even operated a greenhouse or indoor grow; so if they can understand what the screen is telling them - you'll be fine.
WHY IS YOUR SYSTEM LESS EXPENSIVE THAN OTHERS I'VE SEEN ON THE MARKET?
It's true that there are other control systems on the market, which cost a lot more than Motorleaf's and are not as ‘smart’.
We don't use middle men (wholesale companies) that typically make a 100% markup, nor do we typically work with a lot of retailers that like to make a 100% mark up - which saves you thousands of dollars.
To keep costs down, we also move fairly slowly - we don't advertise much, we take our time building the hardware in North America, and keep a lean team on payroll. We are not greedy, and don't overcharge customers.
The founders of Motorleaf simply want to make a living doing something they view as interesting and rewarding, while helping growers reduce global food costs / the environmental impact by encouraging locally grown produce.
DO I NEED TO HAVE INTERNET AT MY LOCATION?
No. Our hardware actually contains a little computer inside, that is storing all the data on its own server. You can access this data via smartphone/tablet/PC that is within range of your local router. Having a router installed does not mean you're using the internet; it's simply a way for your wireless device to connect and access your Motorleaf Software.
HOW DO I KNOW YOU WON'T LOSE MY DATA?
The mini computer inside the hardware keeps your data, so as long as you don't destroy your hardware - your data will be fine. If you have internet access we can keep a log of your data on our private and secure servers that comply with the strictest security standards. You can access your data from anywhere in the world via smartphone/tablet/PC twenty four hours a day.
DO YOU (OR ANYONE ELSE) KNOW WHAT WE'RE GROWING AND WHERE IT'S BEING GROWN?
No. Personally identifiable information is not within our capacity to track, nor do we want to. We deliberately don't store your IP address and we don't ask anything more than a name & email address to open a customer login account with us.
HOW LARGE A GROW SPACE CAN YOU MONITOR / CONTROL?
Our technology has been design to 'daisy chain' - creating a wireless mesh network. That's a fancy-pants way of saying the network/system grows with every piece of hardware you add.
For example - each Powerleaf (that you can connect two different pieces of grow equipment to) can be 90 meters apart on an open line of sight. If you have a whopping huge grow space - we recommend reaching out to us, we'll need to quote based upon your individual needs anyhow.
I READ SOMEWHERE THAT ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TECHNOLOGY WILL TAKE JOBS AWAY - IS THAT WHAT THIS IS?
Yes. You're fired. Bob the robot farmer starts tomorrow.
Actually Motorleaf is like a very well behaved assistant that is watching what's going on 24/7; and is going to help you do a better job. If anything - using this kind of technology should help you focus more on the running of the indoor grow, preventing problems (keeping your eyes on growing - not putting out fires etc) and helping you deliver a better yield / product after each crop rotation.
MOTORLEAF IS PRETTY IMPRESSIVE - WHAT ELSE YOU GOT?
Well - thanks for the compliment! We are looking at what our customers needs are, and feel we could all benefit from access to better deals on other non competing products. Motorleaf customers will have access to pre-negotiated discounts + savings via our 'deals' section of the platform.
Risks and challenges
There are certainly some risks that can arise from designing multiple complex products such as ours. Luckily for you, we’re confident in our ability to produce and our knowledge of knowing the necessary steps it takes to create a well-developed product- we just need the right tools to make more. Don’t worry, we’re completely prepared from all angles to produce Motorleaf products, as our team has and continues to grow. We have the manpower to make it happen and if anything comes up along the way, you’ll be the first to know.
We're also supported by an amazing group of investors, such as Founder Fuel / Real Ventures, 500 StartUps Canada, BDC (Business Development Bank of Canada) and private investors who have built companies worth hundreds of millions of dollars. They also are making sure we not only deliver, but exceed customer expectations.
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