You’ve heard of a smartphone and a smart TV, but how about a smart garden? It may sound incredible, but AVA Technologies Inc., a startup based in Vancouver, recently announced that it has begun developing the first indoor smart garden.
Using artificial intelligence, researchers are creating a gardening experience that is fool-proof and capable of producing edible vegetables and herbs using hydroponics and LED lighting alone. They call the device AVA Byte.
“The way we like to describe it is a ‘Nespresso’ for gardening,” CEO and co-founder of AVA Technologies, Valerie Song, told FOX Business. “[The] plant growing device helps you light and water your plants and then you have plants pods that have everything that a plant needs to grow, from non-GMO seeds to a growth material as well as a plant food to last the entire life cycle of the plant.”
Gardening is already an immensely popular pastime in the U.S.; in a 2014 survey, 113.5 million Americans said they had gardened within the past year. But this new innovation will likely draw in new gardeners as more people seek to grow their own vegetables.
In order to assist gardening neophytes, Imagineer and AVA Technologies co-founder, Chase Ando, has seen to it that the garden is as user-friendly as possible.
“We are making this an actual ‘smart’ garden,” Ando said to FOX Business. “You can connect it to the Internet to record time lapses through an HD camera and it is fully automated to make it the most hassle-free and hand-free garden yet,”
In order to accomplish that goal, AVA Byte is compatible with a number of home AIs, such as Alexa by Amazon and Google Home. AVA Byte and your AI work in congress to optimize the environment and increase the plant’s growth up to three times as fast as traditional gardening.
And while this all might like something from the distant future, this product might be available sooner than expected.
Song teased, “I won’t announce them publicly until it’s signed on paper but we’ve had more than eight distributor requests over the last two weeks.”