This is the N.thing Vertical Farm developed by Seoul-based agricultural startup N.thing. It’s a modular and hydroponic vertical farm that looks like shipping containers, but behind-the-scenes crops are being cultivated under optimal conditions through innovative IoT integrated automation technology. The N.thing Farm is designed to increase the yield of crops significantly more than existing outdoor cultivation.
The N.thing Vertical Farm offers year-round growing in a controlled environment and doesn’t require soil or pesticides, just nutrients. Being indoors means there aren’t any pests to contend with as well as other contaminants or residual insecticide. There are multiple shelves of eco-friendly planters or “pick cells,” that house seeds that flourish into fresh vegetables.
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Each pick cell is connected to a sensor that monitors each plant’s condition and progress. It can also adjust humidity and temperatures and react to unexpected environmental changes. Farmers also have the ability to tend to their crops remotely via a smartphone. The N.thing Farm was the winner of the CES 2020 Best of Innovation Awards.