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Remote-sensing technology : the Hive-Vision Module!

Remote-sensing technology : the Hive-Vision Module!

When deep learning algorithms meet plant agriculture to produce a new domain of application in the ever expanding field of machine learning, we knew that we came across something that couldn’t just be ignore and sweep somewhere in our favorite Sci-Fi video collection. Yes, we are talking about taking a further leap in the merging of electronic printed circuit boards with vegetal multi-cellular life. How? It’s called HiveVision. The problem of perception Being primate animals, humans are a highly visual…

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More Alpha test results coming in: Testing the PlantHive in soil!

More Alpha test results coming in: Testing the PlantHive in soil!

Results of our alpha test are still coming in! Our alpha testers Olivier and Martine decided to use the PlantHive in a very controversial way! They completely neglected the slots and filled their container with soil ’till the top. They then planted various leafy greens and herbs in lines, such as basil, mint and lettuce, much like one would do in one’s garden. Our water/soil container was not initially intended to be used that way, but the results are amazing!…

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Testing the PlantHive Alphas

Testing the PlantHive Alphas

Last summer, we decided to launch our first PlantHive batch, dedicated exclusively to our Alpha testers. After roughly 100kg of printing filament and 500 hours of 3D printing, the first results came-in! While our Alpha testers started with soil, we decided to test the PlantHive’s hydroponic capabilities. Our smart garden has proven itself an excellent tool for very quick growth cycles of leafy greens and micro-greens. The leafy greens we tested were ready for consumption in less than 30 days…

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PlantHive joins the AVF’s Abattoir workshop on circular economics

PlantHive joins the AVF’s Abattoir workshop on circular economics

Our team took part in the Association for Vertical Farming workshop on circular economics. It was very interesting to see that a place such as the Anderlecht Abattoir making efforts to integrate rooftop aquaponic farms and underground mushroom farms in their business model. The workshop revolved around circular economics with the main focus being how to further develop the existing green-tech initiatives, as well as instigate new ones. Overall it was a very interesting experience, and allowed us to meet…

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Hacking tomatoes

Hacking tomatoes

“Should I go for hydroponics or a classic soil-based substrate for my plants?”; “does hydroponics really make a difference?”; are both questions we get a lot from our friends and followers. Legend has it that hydroponics is faster, more efficient in regards to water consumption, and yields more results than soil. Legend also has it that soil-grown fruits and vegetables have more taste. We decided to provide concrete answers by making a case study for both systems. For our experiment,…

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Trip to Armenia

Trip to Armenia

Earlier this year, our team had the courtesy to be invited by our investor, Mr. Hakob Hakobyan, to pitch at his annual start-up event: Up-Start Init @the Mariott hotel, Yerevan, Armenia. Our team of choice for this event: Hadrien, Federico “Chicco”, and Vasileios. What we thought to be a pleasant and relaxing trip, turned out into a huge adventure. Things can get messy quick when transporting a showcase prototype so far across the globe. We were very concerned with giving…

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