IKEA is known for its flat-pack kitchen tables, islands, and cabinets.
Now the home furnishings retailer is experimenting with products that allow people to harvest food at home.
Space10, IKEA’s innovation lab, has designed a prototype of a mini-farm that can grow greens and herbs indoors.
Called Lokal, it uses a hydroponic farming system — allowing crops to grow on trays under LEDs in a climate-controlled box. Space10 debuted the device in September at the London Design Festival in Shoreditch.
Check it out below.
The Space10 team estimates that Lokol uses 90% less water than a traditional garden to produce the same amount of greens, since the crops grow at a faster rate.
The purpose was to see how Londoners felt about IKEA's experiment and food grown hydroponically in general. In a press release, the team said they were optimistic about the project.
Michael La Cour, Managing Director of IKEA Food Services, said in a statement that Lokal still needs to be developed further before the company decides whether to sell it in stores.
The Space10 team is now working on adding sensors to the growing trays, so that users can track how the greens grow using Google Home. Using machine learning, the sensor system could allow gardeners to learn how to improve the growing process.
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