The annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is known for plenty of unique product unveilings. This year was no exception as LG Electronics (LG) has entered into the controlled environment growing market (on a much smaller scale) with an indoor gardening appliance.
The built-in, column-type indoor gardening vegetable cultivator employs advanced light, temperature, and water control, all-in-one seed packages, and a growth-monitoring mobile app to help users “cultivate nutrient-rich and flavorful greens inside their own homes,” according to LG.
The technology behind the appliance uses flexible modules that replicate optimal outdoor conditions by matching the temperature inside the insulated cabinet with the time of day. LEDs, forced air circulation, and wick-based water management allow seeds to grow quickly and efficiently.
LG points to its non-circulating water supply technology as a key component, which helps “prevent algae growth and inhibits unpleasant odors for a clean and hygienic environment where safe, natural herbs and leaf vegetables can grow.”
The all-in-one seed packages, also containing peat moss and fertilizer, will include 20 different vegetable varieties including romaine and other types of lettuce, arugula, chicory, and basil, LG reports.
“With more and more consumers these days living vegetarian and vegan lifestyles, it was important for us to contribute to this trend,” said Dan Song, President of LG Electronics Home Appliance & Air Solution Company, in a company news release.
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