CNC machining, Arduino sensor gardening from Oakland shipping container

Luke Iseman is a creator: he’s invented automated gardening assistants, built a bike taxi company and designed kilns for Kenyan farmers. Like crafters of pas…

25 Responses to “CNC machining, Arduino sensor gardening from Oakland shipping container”

  1. This may be the most inspiring video I have watched in a great many moons!
    At around 17 minutes in, when Luke gets serious : noting the vast amount of
    stuff in the world that should have gotten taken care of by scientists and
    designers a LONG time ago, his storytelling gets magnificent. Obviously we
    need to know what conditions the plants we depend on want and need, and
    obviously we do not know yet, and yes, this “internet of things” approach
    looks like a brilliant and very simple way to find out … This “social
    gardening” idea is actually a cooler, more important and more fundamental
    idea than the Safecast radiation monitoring project, IMHO.

  2. Luke’s premise – that we – humans – do not actually know what the plants we
    depend on actually need as growing conditions is PRECISELY what I found in
    a full year of literature review of the past 30 years of academic research.
    Best research came from a couple of Ivy League schools but there is
    literally nothing condensed and available to guide growers.

    Luke’s approach parallels my own – do it in meatspace and do it
    empirically: because this is an area where it is both quicker and cheaper
    and far more useful to develop a quick and dirty working model and test the
    results than to build and troubleshoot and refine a mathematical model.

    At a different but interesting level, his “social gardening” idea parallels
    what indigenous medicine practitioners have done in Amazonia for thousands
    of years – the plants “know” so you must find a way to let the plants tell
    you.

    next planting in our greenhouse will be “horizontal” meaning that as you
    look down the rows, the same cultivars – same plants – will be planted from
    left to right so that we can observe how they do in a range of
    microclimates … do they prefer the left hand rows (morning sun) the
    middle rows (morning and afternoon shade) or the right row (afternoon sun)

    Depending on what we are growing, there can be 3, 6 or 9 across, so in a
    just few feet down the length of the 150′ greenhouse we can explore plant
    responses in 20 or more situations using the same DNA and since we have 9
    isolated, individually controlled beds, we can simultaneously repeat the
    same experiment under as many as 3 sets of substantially different soil
    temperature air temperature soil moisture conditions. 

  3. This may be the most inspiring video I have watched in a great many moons!
    At around 17 minutes in, when Luke gets serious : noting the vast amount of
    stuff in the world that should have gotten taken care of by scientists and
    designers a LONG time ago, his storytelling gets magnificent. Obviously we
    need to know what conditions the plants we depend on want and need, and
    obviously we do not know yet, and yes, this “internet of things” approach
    looks like a brilliant and very simple way to find out … This “social
    gardening” idea is actually a cooler, more important and more fundamental
    idea than the Safecast radiation monitoring project, IMHO.

  4. This is what I envision Science Island as only on a much bigger scale. Call
    it a practical model for a National Lab. Instead of just pure research its
    putting it into practice and surviving off of it.

  5. Probably some nasty fumes in that container… I’d move it into open air…

  6. Who’s funding this?

  7. He should rename it to Growbot.If he changes the name I what my 10 % =D

  8. Mohamed A. M. Mostafa Reply February 23, 2015 at 9:00 pm
  9. Great Video. Luke for your health please get some fresh air ventilation in
    that container with the plasma torch. An exhaust hood over the torch or
    something.

  10. Love all your videos! I’ve built my indoor aquaponics system for my house
    in SF and I’ve been searching the web for something that would automate the
    needs of the plants! Thanks for sharing this because now I know about
    growerbot!

  11. FYI to this guy: people kept food cold prior to electric fridges. Ice boxes
    were used, root cellars were used and cold mountain caves were used.

  12. He is the new hippie. Tons of science and learning, but no real research
    building…

  13. What does he do for a job? where did the investment for the set up come
    from? Great video. He gives me hope.

  14. that cnc operation uses very low power compared to the industrial grade
    machines. I have 2 cnc routers they use single phase 110. most people don’t
    understand the advantage until they try to put a hass vf-1 in a garage
    (residential) ..I wish someone would make a plug and play stepper driver
    that I could just load my G code into. I have a pc setup just like this guy
    running xp and mach 3 only..if that pc quits on me im lost

  15. Oakland!

  16. technology and food production, hmmm ??? .. just throws everything out of
    balance i reckon.

  17. WE ALL KNOW YOU ARE GROWING WEED!! {happy now?}

  18. cool stuff. seems incredibly indulgent though, dude is basically tinkering
    which is great obviously, but all of this stuff exists. I’m not seeing the
    innovation..

  19. I appauld what He is doing but I find the Peace sign in His logo offensive
    as a Viet Nam Vet. I was spit on by hippies flashing the Peace and Love
    crap when I returned to Calif. Brings up bad memories I am looking for info
    on rates of application of the bio char to gardens

  20. Pass*

  21. He has some cool ideas. I need to drink a cup of coffee to keep up with
    him. You can tell he is excited.

  22. I past by this place plenty of times and never knew whats inside. Lol