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About this project

MEG allows you to precisely control the key parameters for growing your plants - and share your experience.

Click to see what the're saying!
Click to see what the're saying!

Thanks to a dedicated online platform, you can share or acquire the information about your cultivation, developing a shared knowledge database accessible to any MEG user.

The embodied technology helps you to act more efficiently, while still experimenting with your growing performance

You can precisely control all the key parameters for growing your plants - such as Light-cycles, Ventilation, Temperature, Irrigation, Soil PH. One of MEG’s core values is the custom designed spectrum-tunable LED Lighting Engine. 

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP:  

1) To finalize the Source Documentation Package.  

To get up to this point, we bootstrapped from our activities all of the resources needed - money, time. MEG is not our "core business" but a self-innovation project combining our skills (Industrial and Lighting Design), and our passions (IoTs, Growing, Open Knowledge).

Please also consider that MEG is a complex project, involving Design, Engeeering and Manufacturing development of:: Photometrics, Mechanical and Industrial design, Electrical design, PCB design, GUI+Ux design and several Arduino-related applications.

2) To create and improve the Online Platform and Community.  

Although we're doing our best (check our TW and FB), we need now to involve third-party consultants. As you may imagine, this is no cheap operation - timewise and costwise.  

3) To begin in the best way possible our Growing Automation vision.

In case of Streach Goal (350K) we will be able to give free MEGs to our selected Beta-Testers, in order to gather as much as data as possible.

Meet "Meggie", our first-born!
Meet "Meggie", our first-born!

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Find full MEG details in our Project Updates

Update #1 - MEG GROWING PARAMETERS 

Update #2 - MEG @ ARDUINO DAY 2014 

Update #3 and #4 - MEG on Arduino's blog and Fast Company

Update #5 - MEG's UNIQUE LIGHTING and LED PCB DETAILS 

Update #6 - MEG ONLINE PLATFORM & COMMUNITY 

The household-appliance-like user experience and usability is combined with an overall power consumption of a standard flat TV!

Since MEG's architecture and platform will be Open-Source, a worldwide community can also contribute to improve MEG's hardware and software thus providing the driving-force behind its knowledge acquisition and the refinement of the platform.

The MEG system may become a scientific collaborative system, combining under one platform the most innovative micro-growing technology with open-source knowledge and information, thus aiming to improve our consciousness of Nature - through what we love to call Growing Automation.

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Here are the full details about the Rewards. Thank you in advance!

 

... and that's the way we'll manage the funding.

From 2012 until now... MEG's story so far:

Let's keep in touch! Here are our contacts:

Since this is some kind of a complex project, please feel free to ask for more! You may also find other informations and pictures here:

https://www.facebook.com/MicroExperimentalGrowing

https://www.facebook.com/MicroExperimentalGrowing/photos_albums

https://twitter.com/YradiaLighting

Hashtag: #yMEG

Email: meg@yradia.com 

www.yradia.com

Tags: IoT, Internet of Things, Smart Grids, Open Hardware, Open Knowledge, DIY, Open Software, Community, Growing Automation, Green Technologies, Self Growing, PttP, Power to the People, Arduino, Makers, LED growing, Micro Growing, Biotechnologies. 

Thank you for your support from all the MEG Team!

Video Credits:

Storytelling, Shooting, Editing by Jessica Maullu http://vimeo.com/jessicamaullu

Soundtrack: 1) Tristan Blaskowitz - "The Violin", 2) Brokenkites - "Wood between the worlds" - (used under license)

Special thanks go to Mathilde, Jung Woo and Chris for their kindness.

Last but not least, thank you to anyone who encouraged, informed and supported us - you know who you are, we love you.

Risks and challenges

We foresee two major source of problems: one relating to the Hardware part, another relating to the Software part.

What you see in this KS campaign is a 2nd Generation, 1:1 Scale and 100% working prototype; we already virtually set up a production line of a (statistically) defined number of pieces - and we are fully confident with the current situation.
Being product designers and engineers, we know that a possible source of unwanted problems may be an overwhelming positive response by the campaing, shifting up the numbers of product to be manufactured.
But that being the case, we feel confident that we'll face the situation benefiting of our years of experience.

On the other hand, we have the Software.
Here is where we will re-invest almost all of the income to further develop this part; but, instead of the Hardware, this is at an early mock-up stage - unfortunately, we could'nt afford any more.
We have all of the strategy investigated, but the major challenges may arise from the Software development part.
Logically, if we reach the minimal funding of this campaign, we'll start with an architecture as "light"as possible.
The more we get from the campaign, the more we will invest the profit to get a custom-made infrastructure.

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    MEG 100% KIT. The whole greenhouse, unassebled. Still a right price for a COMPLETE growing system! Please ask for a detailed shipping quote estimate.

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