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High Tech’s Plant OS gives growers the precise controls they need to achieve the ultimate growing conditions for healthy plants. Our easy-to-use hardware and software measures photosynthesis, temperature, humidity and CO2 in real-time. System alerts and notifications allow for fine tuning your garden from anywhere, anytime. Right from your mobile device, manage lights, air conditioners, dehumidifiers and CO2 generators.
Growing is art and science. Trial and error work best with a creative approach then, systematic repeatability. Since Plant OS monitors the metabolic response of your plants, and real-time conditions, you’ll get faster, repeatable, programmable, experimentation. Expect better, faster results in your garden.
Set up can be as simple as maintaining your desired environment. However, Plant OS can take you much farther — into a set of dynamic responses based on real-time data from your plants. Real-time growing is your Plant OS garden responding intelligently minute-to-minute to what your plants need.
We begin with sensors and real-time data collection. Because we’re measuring the environment minute-by-minute, we make new levels of precision possible. Measuring the plant in real-time, knowing how it’s responding to surroundings and conditions, is measuring the actual growth and performance of your garden.
The Plant OS base sensor unit goes on the wall of your garden. Every minute, the meter captures, then sends, Temperature, Humidity and CO2 readings to your mobile device. Additional data could include readings from USB plug-in sensors, like the Plant Tachometer Camera. (More information on the camera is below.)
In a typical Plant OS setting, one Plant Tachometer Camera is setup to give you a close-up view of a leaf. That gives you a high-resolution photosynthesis reading for fine-tuning the environment. The second Camera is setup to cover the garden — or a zone — to give an overall average performance data.
Knowing your grow is what makes our new level of precision control possible.
Plant OS Power Controllers let you plug in lights, AC, dehumidifiers, fans — just about anything you might need — so you can manually, or automatically, tweak devices, or simply turn them on and off.
Controlling your grow is the art and science of perfecting your growing conditions.
This is the corner of the garden where Plant OS™ blooms. When we say ‘hack your grow’ we’re talking about a diverse community of users, sharing experiments, sharing what they know, to elevate the art and science of growing. And it all begins with photosynthesis.
Photosynthesis tells you the relative amount of breathing a plant is doing — it’s plant health data. (NASA has been using these kinds of measurements from space for plant health research for 40 years — that isn’t the new technology.)
What is new is Plant OS delivering this technology to your garden.
Relative photosynthesis is a bit like a tachometer reading for your plant. If you know how fast your plants are growing, you can quickly measure the effects of different actions.
Cumulative photosynthesis, is similar to an odometer for your grow. Knowing how much growing has taken place, is to know how much production you’ve achieved. By the minute, hour, day and month.
To discover how you get the maximum amount of photosynthesis in a growing cycle, means learning how to get the maximum amount of growing done in a cycle.
And it turns out that when you vary your growing conditions — when you hack your grow — you can produce significantly better results.
At High Tech, our theory is that plants thrive best on a mix — a little bit of stress today, a little bit of zen tomorrow. We still need to run many more tests to learn exactly what changes in the environment produce which results. Actually, many more tests.
And that’s where you, and all of our early supporters, come in.
Hacking your grow is where community intelligence and passion converge. It’s where everything changes.
When Plant OS is fully operational, monitoring the atmosphere, managing lights, humidity and CO2, and measuring photosynthesis, the plant is fully part of the network.
Fine-tuning the plant performance is now just fine-tuning numbers. Practically speaking, you can now tune those numbers with programs, instead of by hand. Initially, High Tech will make available a number of useful programs, both for garden operations and experimentation. But we’re going well beyond that.
All Plant OS users get a platform to build on to share and trade data and programs. As our growers test and learn and share, we gather important growing data and begin to have a real impact on the future of gardening.
Calling them programs is more than a metaphor. Current development is done in Python, because it tends to be more gardener readable, but with an open API, the options are wide open and you can apply the whole wide world of software development tools. For people who aren’t software developers, this means that code like this seen below, actually does what it says it does:
If temperature(room1) > MAX_TEMP(room1) : turn_on_ac(room1)
It’s true that you can do something that simple with a click of a button on the user interface.
But as you start thinking about more complex plans for your garden based on real-time data, you’ll find you’re thinking about writing a program.
If avg_photosynthesis(room1, now) < avg_photosynthesis(room1, now – 1minute) : optimize_photosynthesis(room1)
That may be a bit of oversteer, calling the subroutine to maximize photosynthesis does take time for the real world temperature, humidity and co2 to actually change. You might want to compare to an average of samples over a longer period, or you might care more about the close in camera’s relative photosynthesis reading instead of the average. Or, by now you may be thinking about your own strategy for maximizing the real goal: cumulative photosynthesis. Welcome to gardening in the 21st century.
We are looking for a few gardeners for the High Tech Beta program. All Early Adopters are eligible - from our application process, we will select 25 supporters. We are looking for experienced, and new, gardeners with small and large gardens to explore a wide range of use cases.
Here’s what you will receive when you support us. We’ve got eight terrific pledge options. Pick one of our Early Adopter Starter Kits or a Grower’s Package. At a great price, you’ll receive everything you need to grow the High Tech way. You’ll be in on our first production run and be the first gardener on your block with the garden of the 21st century. Or, just get the balling rolling with a Plant Tachometer Camera, a THC Meter or a Power Controller. Know Your Grow, Control Your Grow, Hack Your Grow!
*Can be applied to the Starter Kit or Grower’s Package.
The next big advance will be in the software that runs on Plant OS. We have our own ideas and we’ll be developing them. But the Open Source model, getting everyone involved, is the clear path to full throttle development in a brand new field.
We do have a few controls and sensors in the Patent Pending phase that will extend the capabilities of the system, but they will have to wait for the next release.
Example Use Case – Increase Temp and CO2 while decreasing nutrient solution for ‘sprint’ growth conditions, while measuring Relative Photosynthesis as functional tachometer to precisely gauge plant metabolic rate and stress level. Then, relax environmental conditions while increasing nutrient levels to rest plant, and then repeat cycle to train plant for endurance and maximum growth.
Matt King is the founder of High Tech, Inc, has a background in enterprise IT and a passion for bringing new levels of instrumentation and precision controls to gardening.