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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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3D printing our Alpha units

3D printing our Alpha units

3D printing is a very interesting technology that offers rapid prototyping capabilities to start-up projects, and enables DIYers to build their own tools and toys! But be aware, 3D printing is not an easy nor a cheap hobby! Usually 3d printer represents an investment of €1000 – €2000, but if you seriously get into it, you will be able to build your own mind-blowing customized objects at home! For our 3D printer we went for the BCN3D Sigma from the…

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Prototyping Raspberry Pi – What we learned so far !

Prototyping Raspberry Pi – What we learned so far !

Since we used the Raspberry Pi for the first few iterations of our prototyping, we thought it would be nice to talk about the background of the device and share what we learned so far, especially for those among you who are not familiar with it.   The Raspberry pi is a series of single board computers developed in the early 2010s’. The first generation of RPis, the legendary model B, was released by the Raspberry Pi Foundation in 2012….

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Our feasibility study with Sirris

Our feasibility study with Sirris

Hello everybody! We are proud to announce that we collaborated with the research center Sirris on the feasibility study of our Internet of Things greenhouse. Sirris is the leading research center of the Belgian industry, that helps companies develop and effectively implement technological innovations. We were offered the possibility to collaborate with their experts and engineers, as well as have access to their state-of-the-art infrastructure. We have been maintaining very good relations with Sirris since the very beginning of our…

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Our laser-cut functional prototype

Our laser-cut functional prototype

After a long period of tinkering, decision making, prototyping, re-prototyping, failing, succeeding, drawing, making 3ds, soldering electronics, and so on; we are proud to announce that we are getting closer to a product design that will integrate all of the features we initially planned to include in our food-computers. We had to see this as a necessary step of prototyping, where we put drawing board away and artistic pencils down and developed a first version to be released. We wanted…

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Our prototyping so far

Our prototyping so far

After having built our first few automated food-computers, we felt the need to share the valuable lessons we have learned from our experience. Growing crops hydroponically is a challenging task, but with a little bit of know-how, it can yield impressive results.  Here’s what we learned from our first trials: First of all, the strength and spectrum of your LED grow-lights plays a major role when it comes to yields. Therefore, when it comes to choosing grow-lights, one must make…

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Prototyping our LED Panels 

Prototyping our LED Panels 

Hello everybody! We’ve been through a lot of prototyping so far, especially on hardware and electronics, but the most visually-striking one is about to start! Hop on board this journey on how we managed to create LED panels that are now vastly superior to the industry standard. At the start we ordered some ready-made LED panels that had a nice design and decent specs. However, these turned out to be worthless when it comes to growing plants. This led us…

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