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Barnsdale Gardens. First fully autonomous 'robot run' farm to open in Japan. A factory in Japan will be the first fully robot-run farm, with a team of automated systems handling every step of the farming process from watering seeds to harvesting crops.

First fully autonomous 'robot run' farm to open in Japan

The robots will also monitor levels of carbon dioxide in the air and adjust lighting and heat to optimise growth. Spread, which has headquarters in Kyoto, says the new system will increase its productivity by over 25 percent, as well as cut costs for consumers. It will be part of a large complex that will cost over £10million to research, develop and build. The system will be 'vertical' -- where food is produced in vertically stacked layers.

Controlling light, environment and fertilisation of the food, food produced in vertical farms is not susceptible to changes in weather and environmental conditions, and can be better monitored for disease. The only part of the process requiring human input is seeding. How to Build a Cheap Wi-Fi Controlled Water Valve. One day a co-worker of mine asked me if I knew of a way to control an irrigation system from a smartphone or computer.

How to Build a Cheap Wi-Fi Controlled Water Valve

We did some research and quickly found that it was very expensive to purchase a system with this capability, so we wondered if we could build it. This happened to be right around the time the ESP8266 first came out, and some quick searching revealed DC water valves that could be used to control water flow to the irrigation system. When the ESP8266 Wi-Fi module first hit the street, it was very cheap, but the initial attempts to use it included all AT-commands from another microcontroller, so it was a bit clunky. I’d used it like that a couple of times, but never really felt that I could make something reliable enough to use for a project. At this point, we had obtained a DC water valve and done some testing with the ESP8266, then we shelved the project for some months. Step 1 NOTE: The three diodes shown in the schematic are very important and must be installed!

Step 2. Automation – Projects. Mushroom Cultivation Revisited – Projects. There have been many initiatives undertaken to maximize mushroom cultivation productivity, and although variations exist between species, manipulation of environmental conditions has demonstrated some of the most dramatic effects on yield.

Mushroom Cultivation Revisited – Projects

Temperature, humidity, and carbon dioxide concentration have been identified as some of the most crucial factors for promoting mycelial colonization, primordia formation, and growth of fruiting bodies, or mushrooms. Additionally, each stage of development requires specific conditions for optimal growth. As such, the more precise these conditions can be controlled, the greater the yields that are possible.

Intel Edison Hydroponics Controller. Better Living Through Robotics. We have currently implemented two controllers with more on the way.

Better Living Through Robotics

The contollers are self registering in the enviornment, meaning as you add additional controlers, they are recognized by the main controller and automaticaly added to the control panel. Vertical Hydroponic Farm. We call our project RUFS, for Robotic Urban Farm System A vertical hydroponic garden Allowing for high density yields and shorter growth cycles Reducing resource consumption - water, fertilizer and space Labor saving - no weeds or soil to till Higher consistency of crops with great tasting resultsMaintained by micro-controllers (Raspberry Pi & Arduino)Watering cycles - monitor and auto refill levels Plant nutrients and pH - monitor and correct Temperature monitoring Air Circulation & Lighting controls (for indoor operation)Smart and ConnectedFarm Controller App for smartphone, tablet and pc Get notified when the system needs a refill Alerts when something isn't running as expectedYear round growing - fresh produce every month of the year Perfect for Urban setting with limited space Reduced operational time and maintenance with automation Eliminate the guesswork of nutrients and watering cycles.

Vertical Hydroponic Farm

OpenSprinkler. OpenSprinkler Pi (OSPi) is an open-source sprinkler / irrigation extension board for the Raspberry Pi.

OpenSprinkler

It is an easy and low-cost solution to transform a Raspberry Pi into a capable sprinkler controller with 8 zones for lawn and garden watering. OpenSprinkler doesn't need an instructable. This instructable simply documents my progress in Home Automation. OpenSprinkler's documentation is great. The end result is amazing. DIY Greenhouse Designs Ideas Plans & Pictures. Growing beautiful flowers and delicious produce is not limited to your backyard garden plots.

DIY Greenhouse Designs Ideas Plans & Pictures

There are a wide variety of unique growing methods available for today’s ambitious diy gardener. One of our favorite techniques is greenhouse growing. A greenhouse is a building made of glass or plastic panels that is used to cultivate plants. These can range in size from indoor mini greenhouses to large outdoor industrial sized buildings. Transparent panels allow incoming visible solar radiation from the sun to be absorbed by the plants and soil housed in the structure, then trapped inside. Gardening. Polytunnels - Geodesic Domes (Geodomes) - Hot Houses - Accessories. Polytunnels - Geodesic Domes (Geodomes) - Hot Houses - Accessories. Polytunnels Ireland have created an exciting new product for the Irish Garden: The Geodesic Dome (or Geodome)!

Polytunnels - Geodesic Domes (Geodomes) - Hot Houses - Accessories

Geodomes are produced using pressure treated timber, galvanised steel and polycarbonate sheeting and due to their self supporting structural design are strong enough to withstand all weather conditions. Meanwhile the polycarbonate absorbs the sun's heat to create a perfect environment inside for planting or relaxing. Geodomes have a wide variety of uses:

Vertical Succulent Garden, D.I.Y. Panel - Web Shop - Flora Grubb Gardens.