04 Jun '12, 1pm

Hydroponics get high-tech with 'personal gardening assistant'

Hydroponics get high-tech with 'personal gardening assistant'

Sure, you can employ the help of a Plant Nanny or recruit a greenthumbed friend to tend to your houseplants, veggies, and herbs while you’re away, but how well do they really know your greens? How intimate are they with your plants’ innermost thoughts and desires precise watering needs, light requirements, and pH levels? Come to think of it, how familiar are you with the vital signs of that struggling tomato plant? Amit Kumar and Michael Doherty , the developers of a clever, cloud-based “personal gardening assistant” for hydroponic growing operations called Bitponics , are banking on the fact that we don't know our plants nearly as well as we think we do. Described as a “shortcut for a green thumb” and geared towards tech-savvy urbanites (or anyone, really) prone to accidentally committing horticulture-related homicide, the aim of Bitponics is to take the guesswork out of ...

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