Forget about using the kitchen to store food, LG unveils a new refrigerator designed to grow food
LG shows off a refrigerator-like device at CES that turns the kitchen into a farm by having you grow 20 different types of vegetables in your house
- The giant for household appliances announced a new high-tech household appliance
- Built externally like a refrigerator, it will grow 20 different types of vegetables
- The company will sell seed pods and allow users to control the temperature, LED brightness and water times via a smartphone app
LG has unveiled a new household appliance that will reduce the distance from farm to table to a few feet.
At CES 2020 in Las Vegas, the Korean company demonstrated an experimental new type of refrigerator-like device designed to grow food instead of storing it.
The company is still working on a definitive name, but describes the device in various ways as an “indoor growing machine” or “column garden”.
LG unveiled a new kitchen appliance (pictured above) at CES 2020 in Las Vegas, described as an ‘indoor growing machine’ that will grow 20 different types of vegetables, including Roman lettuce, basil, chicory and arugula
From the outside, the device looks like a conventional refrigerator with a transparent glass panel.
Inside are four vertical trays intended for growing vegetables and leafy vegetables, which LG says will be enough to feed a family of four.
LG says the device is meant to give people access to healthy vegetables all year round, which can be useful in regions or seasons where greenery is hard to come by.
The company will supply 24 different types of seed pods that are guaranteed to grow in the device, including cutting lettuce, arugula, chicory, basil and kale.
There is room for up to 6 seed pods to grow on each of the four shelves, depending on the size of the selected vegetable.
Customers will be able to control various climate variables to allow the vegetables to grow optimally, according to Digital trends.
The garden device will have four vertical trays, each of which can grow six seed pods into full vegetable plants, for a maximum of 24 at a time
Owners have an advanced set of climate controllers available via a smartphone app, with which they can set automated water times, change the brightness of the LED lighting during the day and vary the temperature to simulate day and night cycles
LG says the device can give people in remote locations year-round access to vegetables, even if they cannot come from local farms
With a smartphone app you can set automatic water times, change temperatures to simulate day and night variations, program the brightness of built-in LED lighting and follow the progress of your plants with a tracking tool.
HOW DOES LG’S WORK WITHIN A CULTIVATING MACHINE?
With the experimental new ‘indoor growing machine’ or ‘column garden’ from LG, owners can grow their own vegetables in the kitchen.
The device will have extensive climate controls, controlled via a smartphone app.
Users can grow a maximum of 24 types of vegetables, including basil, sliced lettuce, arugula, kale and chicory.
LG will sell specially designed seed pods that work with the device.
LG has not committed to a public release or prize.
“As more and more consumers nowadays have a vegetarian and vegan lifestyle, it was important for us to contribute to this trend,” said Dan Song from LG in a statement announcing the device.
“Our first indoor garden solution is a new paradigm for LG in home appliances and offers consumers a way to eat well and at the same time have the pleasure of growing their own food.”
No release date or price has been set, and LG appears to gauge its release plans at least in part on the public response to the demonstration and response to CES.
This week, one of LG’s rivals, Samsung announced its own ambitious new refrigerator, an AI-powered app that will check shopping levels, items that are nearly empty and suggest possible recipes based on current content.