SproutsIO

Growing produce in the kitchen with an automated, soil-free indoor gardening system

From Click & Grow to Urban Cultivator, technology is increasingly being used to bring the backyard garden closer than previously imaginable—to the heart of the kitchen. Another contender, Cambridge, MA-based SproutsIO, is coming close to launching their premium-level, all-in-one indoor gardening system that helps grow produce as efficiently as possible. Fully automated, the smart appliance grows plants soil-free via a proprietary “hybrid hydroculture system” (combining …

Charged: inFORM, a Revolutionary Design Tool

New technology from MIT’s Media Lab presents a game-changer for designers and architects

Virtual reality has made huge strides over the past few years, but for pioneers like the scientists at the MIT Media Lab, digital simulations have begun taking actual, material shape. Formally known as the Tangible Bits project (which was presented by the lab all the way back in 1997), MIT’s Radical Atoms initiative is an ongoing program that seeks to give digital information a physical …

Made in the Future

Colin Raney of IDEO explains the inner-workings of their side project—made possible with help from MIT Media Lab

Hardcore sci-fi writers, NASA researchers and even government policymakers are tasked with dreaming up the next century’s goals for mankind, but cult design consulting firm IDEO wanted to explore a “not-so-distant” future from a designer’s perspective. As a company that’s always looking ahead, their “Made in the Future” project imagines how we will be “making” five or 10 years from now, guided by their belief …