With Gro.hub and Gro.io the IoT has come to your hydroponic garden.
It was only a matter of time before the technology known as Internet of Things (IoT) came to our rescue with garden work.
The Gro.io is a fully automated hydro system that is controlled by the Gro.hub. Think of the Gro.hub as a server and the Gro.io as a node. The server runs on a Linux OS with a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor. It can process information from ten separate remote sensors which monitors things including water temperature, its flow rate, pH and the water level.
The Gro.hub tracks all of these parameters so as to determine the conditions at the node and dispatches the appropriate amount of light, water, and nutrients so that your plant’s health is in balance.
In case you want all of this information at your fingertips, instead of displaying them locally, the Gro.hub can also push them to your smartphone through its iOS app. The Gro.hub and the Gro.io have WiFi capabilities.
The app allows you to monitor the long term growth of your plant and if anything needs your attention, rest assured you get a notification for it. In the meantime, it will also adjust the plants light and nutrient levels as it sees fit.
The Gro.io uses an array of either 3 or 5 60W LED bulbs as well as a 20 gallons of water to grow plants. With its total wattage of 180W / 300W, the Gro.io can grow 6 plants simultaneously.
Currently on pre-sale, the Hub itself is set to retail for $1,000, while the rest of the setup will set you back by a range starting from $700 to $1775 depending on the size of quantity of the buckets you want to go with along with your lighting setup.
The whole setup is very customizable and modular so just in case you already have the lights, you can buy it in piecemeal. The Gro.io is scheduled to ship in August 2016.