SproutsIO Smart Microgarden by SproutsIO Inc.

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
SproutsIO

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Smart Microgarden

INSPIRATION:
The current food system fails to produce nutritious food. Produce is picked prematurely and intended to ripen during transit rather than on the vine, reducing nutrient content and flavor. This supply chain is also inefficient with over 50% of produce lost from farm to table. SproutsIO shifts our dependence on industrial agriculture, repositioning people from the end of a flawed supply chain to the center of their own healthy food cycle.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Grow indoors, year-round, soil-free with SproutsIO, the smart microgarden that learns from you. The SproutsIO system utilizes high performance technology and machine learning software to grow Personal Produce™, fruits and vegetables cultivated to your taste according to settings you customize. Fresh produce is now available any time, any place through an automated and transparent growing process which requires a fraction of the resources required by traditional growing.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The SproutsIO experience begins by choosing a sIO seed subscription. When placed in the device, the sIO automatically activates the plant-specific Growing Profile. Our mobile app then provides system controls and performance data, transforming your phone into an all in one gardening tool. By transitioning from hydroponic to aeroponic environments and stimulating growth phases with specially-tuned lighting and irrigation, growth rates are two to three times faster than conventional growing. System-level learning optimizes performance over time, creating an increasingly efficient feedback cycle for all connected SproutsIOs.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
SproutsIO Inc. was founded in 2013. We developed our first Complete Functional Prototype in 2014 and beta-tested with 50+ participants, using those learnings to create the Design for Manufacture (DFM) model in 2015. We continued to test the DFM model in 2016 and 2017 with award winning chefs through our Tastemaker Program. Mass production began in Q1 2018 as we prepare for a Summer 2018 launch to the public.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Digital and Electronic Devices Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
SproutsIO was inspired by CEO Jennifer Broutin Farah’s urban agriculture research at the MIT Media Lab where she developed technologies related to growth media, sensors, automation, and networked infrastructure, all toward the goal of growing produce indoors. The proof of concept prototype for SproutsIO was the topic of her master's thesis. After years of development and testing with consumers as well as culinary professionals, we are preparing for a Summer 2018 launch.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
SproutsIO Device: Simple to use and easy to maintain, including: - Wavelength-tuned LED lighting - Environmental sensors - Dishwasher-safe basin - Hybrid Hydroculture fog misting - WiFi connected - Dimensions: 36”H x 12”W x 12”D // sIO Seed Refill: Everything you need to start growing: - Refilled via subscription - Responsibly-sourced seeds & nutrients - Compostable // SproutsIOGrow App Comprehensive software services offering: - Flavor customization - Harvest scheduling - Yield calculation - Plant & system monitoring

TAGS:
Personal Produce, Hybrid Hydroculture, Urban Agriculture, Indoor Growing, Gardening, Hydroponics, Aeroponics, IoT, Machine Learning

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Type of research: User Experience Research objectives: Determine indoor growing performance Methodology: Beta tests in consumer homes (30 days) & fine dining restaurants (90 days) Data Collection: System sensor data, observation, interviews, focus groups, surveys Participants: 50 target consumers in Boston area; 3 restaurants - Menton, No. 9 Park, [3rd Confidential] Results: Positive experience with opportunities for improvements to design Effect on business: Optimization of lamphead, basin, sIO seed refill, and software

CHALLENGE:
Through thoughtful design, we made gardening easy for anyone. Simply plug in the device, connect to the app, insert a sIO, and add water to get started. SproutsIO provides everything your plant needs - light, irrigation, and nutrients, tailored for each varietal. It requires water once a month and is dishwasher safe. SproutsIO will let you know when to harvest, auto-ordering your next sIO. Modular design makes expanding your garden easy - control multiple devices from the same mobile device.

ADDED DATE:
2018-02-28 22:37:11

TEAM MEMBERS (9) :
Jennifer Broutin Farah - Co-Founder & CEO, Kamal Farah - Co-Founder & COO, William McCartney - Software Product Manager, Jeffrey Ahern - Principal Scientist, Ryan Durkin - Digital Marketing Manager, Monica Donegan - Research Assistant, Regan McLaughlin - Research Technician, Joshua Duttweiler - Creative Associate and Joseph Bibeau - Electrical Engineer

IMAGE CREDITS:
All images - SproutsIO inc.

PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
SproutsIO has pending non-provisional patent applications in a number of jurisdictions, including the U.S., Europe, and China.

Visit the following page to learn more: http://www.sprouts.io
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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
SproutsIO Inc.

PROFILE:
SproutsIO Inc. was founded in 2013 with the mission to develop technologies which shift dependence on industrial agriculture and reposition people from the end of a flawed supply chain to the center of their own food cycle.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Sproutsio Smart Microgarden by Sproutsio Inc is a Nominee in Home Appliances Design Category.

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Sproutsio Smart Microgarden by Sproutsio Inc is Winner in Home Appliances Design Category, 2017 - 2018.



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