Panasonic Corp. said it will team up with Chiba University and other groups to test a home-gardening machine that even people without green thumbs can handle.
The test will start in full swing in September in an area of Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, that has been designated a “smart city” under a government program.
Each of about 10 households that take part in the test will contain a plant-growing machine, 85 centimeters high, 38 cm long and 60 cm wide.
The box-shaped machines will require little labor to grow vegetables and other plants because they will be connected to a server at the university to automatically control temperature and humidity.
When watering and other tasks are needed, information will be provided by e-mail. LED lighting will be used to grow the plants.
Panasonic said people can grow lettuce, basil, strawberries and other plants regardless of the weather conditions.
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