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Welcome back for another Design Challenge Project Summary. This week we are featuring Project: The Plant, by Erik Lau (curly722). This project grew out of a previous attempt at growing plants via aquaponics earlier in the year, and could be considered revision two. This gives Eric a pretty good advantage over other challengers who might be completely new to this. The original system worked so well that Eric was able to grow some tomatoes and basil from about $150 in hardware. This time aroun ...
We are just entering into week nine of the Vertical Farming Design Challenge, and things seem to be cooling off just a little, but that does not mean that some awesome updates haven’t been posted. Several great post were made that cover everything from designing a web-based UI, to utilizing sterilized human urine as a substitute for a fish-based nutrient source.     Vertical Farming Design Challenge  In the past seven days we have seen eight updates posted across five of th ...
Welcome to installment number four of my new weekly series, the Design Challenge Project Summary. Just like the three previously featured projects, this week’s featured project is from the Vertical Farming Design Challenge, and is one of my favorites from the challenge. The Vertically Oriented Modular System by Rick Reynolds (RWReynolds) is one of the projects that is progressing at a lightening pace, and Rick is doing an excellent job at documenting things every step of the way.   ...
Were about seven weeks into the Vertical Farming Design Challenge, and it’s challengers are deep into their projects! In our last summary, we saw several amazing updates and this past week was no different. This design challenge is turning out to be much better than I ever thought it would. With challengers from all aspects of the engineering spectrum, to DIY hobbyist, the quality of the projects is simply astonishing! Enough of the talk, let’s jump in and take a look at a couple of ...
Welcome back for another Design Challenge Project Summary. This week we are re-featuring one of my personal favorites, Project: Automated Green House, by Michael Ratcliffe (m.ratcliffe) as his project has progressed leaps and bounds since we last visited it. If you have not been following this project you are surely missing out on something awesome, as Michael almost always post a thorough explanation of his work and accompanies everything with a video.   Michael has a distinct advantage w ...
The Vertical Farming Challengers have had a very productive week, and lots of exciting updates have been posted in the past seven days! Everything from image acquisition systems, to lighting, to seedlings being sprouted! So let’s jump right in and check out some of the awesome updates that were posted!   Vertical Farming Design Challenge  In the past seven days we have seen ten updates posted to nine of the Vertical Farming Design Challenge projects including updates from: Proj ...
Welcome to the second installment of my new weekly series, the Design Challenge Project Summary. In this series I  pick a single project from the past week’s updates, and write a short summary of the project to date.     Project Ferris Farm from the Vertical Farming Design Challenge is a vertical farm prototype that utilizes a Ferris-Wheel style growing support structure. This design allows for a very compact design that packs in as much growing space as possible. The geni ...
It’s been a long week for me, and the same is true for the  Vertical Farming Challengers who are in the groove now and progress is being made across a number of projects. Today I want to highlight three of their updates that really caught my eye. On a side note, I will be moving the day my coverage of the design challenges ends from Saturday to Sunday. This decision was made after many of my readers as well as the challengers pointed out that a lot of work gets completed on the weeken ...
Welcome to a new weekly series I am calling the Design Challenge Project Summary. In this  series I will pick a single project from the past week’s updates, and write a short summary of the project to date. Over the course of each challenge, I should be able to cover each project at least once, and I am sure that some project summaries will get updated if they are updated very frequently.     Project Modular Farm from the Vertical Farming Design Challenge is the lucky proj ...
Another week has passed and that means that it’s time for my weekly Design Challenge Summary. A lot has happen over the past seven days including some interesting updates in the Vertical Farming design challenge as well as the Sci Fi Your Pi design challenge wrapping up. With lots to cover, lets jump straight into it and take a look at a few of my favorite Sci Fi Your Pi and Vertical Farming design challenge project updates from the past seven days.   Sci Fi Your Pi Design Challenge&# ...