World's first social and automated greenhouse. Part machine, part community. Be a self-growing game changer! Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on April 30, 2014.
About this project
MEG allows you to precisely control the key parameters for growing your plants - and share your experience.
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.
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.
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:
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!
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.
As stated in the video, we need your help to finalize the project and preparing the Source Documentation.
This will be an activity we'll be able to afford only if we win this KS campaign.
To get up to this point, we bootstrapped from our activities a sum of money which - at least for us - is already too much (some tenths of K EUR).
We're NOT an investment-driven entity and MEG is not our core business.
MEG is 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 and delicate project, involving Design, Engeeering, Implementation and Construction development of items in the following fields:
- Photometric performance
- Testing, Validations and Proof-of-concepts
- OSHW-focused Mechanical and Industrial design
- Electrical design
- PCB design
- Arduino-related applications.
Because MEG is not just a product, but a Shared Knowledge project.
Therefore by backing MEG you will invest in a new technology that can revolutionise home growing and make reality the dream of cultivating at home vegetables and herbs.
MEG’s dimensions allow for the utilisation of the thermal energy produced by the installed LEDs which in turn keep the temperature of the growing chamber constant.
The optical power generated by the LEDs does not hit the leaves directly but rather the power is redirected on these thanks MEG’s internal highly reflective coating.
The presence of a variable spectrum setting enables a specific energy consumption only for the wave lengths that the plant is able to synthesise.
The consumption at full capacity is 400W - the whole system is 95% efficient.
With MEG it is possible to grow all types and species of vegetables that are able to grow within its internal volume (for example it is not advised to grow fruit trees with MEG unless these are bonsais).
Therefore MEG is suitable to grow many varieties of plants including phytotherapeutics and herbal plants, flowers, vegetables, cactuses, etc.
Inside MEG’s reflection chamber, within the various spectrum settings, it is possible to generate on average between 1000 to 1800 Micromole/s/mq
MEG is able to change the temperature of around 10/15 °C in comparison to the temperature of the site where MEG is installed - with a 1° C precision level.
Yes it is. Thanks to the combined action of the Ultrasound Humidifier, the Thermal Resistance and of the 4 independent Vents.
MEG is able only to manage liquid nutrients whether these are simple minerals or premixed solutions.
MEG is equipped with 4 peristaltic pumps that are able to deliver, with a very high level of precision, the solution held in 4 containers with a maximum capacity of 0,5 lt / 17 oz each.
MEG has a water tank with a capacity of 10 lt / 34 oz which is able to satisfy the requirements of 4 plants in vases of 10 lt / 34 oz each for an average of 10 days.
The Follow-up functionality keeps a constant distance between the leaf (the photoreceptor) and the source of light during the growing phase.
This translates into a guaranteed PAR power in every phase without having to increment MEG’s energy consumption.
MEG is an Open Hardware platform and therefore it has been created to be scalable and extendable.
MEG’s current dimensions are a good compromise between functionality and energy efficiency.
LEDs sources, as long as these are selected and configured accordingly as it pertains to their spectrum’s emission, are much more efficient than any other available source in the growing field.
LEDs are able to emanate only the “type of light” that the plant needs for a specific phase of the growing cycle by firstly optimising the electric consumption.
Moreover because LEDs do not emanate heat, the light can be very close to the photoreceptor thus increasing significantly the PAR value per absorbed W that the plat can photosynthesise.
Furthermore thanks to MEG’s flexibility and reactivity in its controls and management, this product opens new possibility for experimenting within the field of cultivation with a dynamic spectrum.
It is possible to create a growing plan by understanding what the general climate conditions are in order to grow a specific vegetable.
As it pertains to the light spectrum, the starting point could be the big difference between the spectrum during the vegetative phase (blue radiations are predominant) and the spectrum during the flowering phase (red radiations are predominant).
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