MEG – which stands for Micro Experimental Growing – is the world’s first indoor automated greenhouse, 100% Open Source, connected to the Internet.
MEG allows you to manage and share all the Growth Parameters of your cultivation, remotely controlling the microclimate and the lighting with an app on your smartphone or tablet.
MEG records the Cultivation Process, to be shared with whoever you want, in the vision of an Open Culture and through the creation of a community.
The goal of MEG is to raise awareness on the techniques of artificial cultivation – by using open source performing and accessible technologies.
MEG is the perfect match between communication and technology in indoor growing for agriculture, food and education.
MEG is a step forward into the future, an exploration of possible new tools and approaches, with a view to the progressive multiplication of value.
MEG’s Users are mainly two groups: single users and research centers.
The former are self-growers: those who grow medical plants, food enthusiasts and plant collectors.
For them, MEG is a full-optional solution: low cost and top-of-category performance. They need and miss a remotely-controlled, easy to manage device: an household-appliance experience, along with a very low power consumption.
The latter are private or university labs, specializing in vegetal tissues, parasites, fungae (for cosmetics and medical business). For them – used to costly growing chambers and lenghty processes – MEG is cheap and agile. They may develop their setup or stack multiple machines. They also may gather and transfer data globally.
The project started in the beginning of 2012.
MEG is constantly growing up with new developments, updates and collaborations.
Everyone can contribute by upgrading our Source Files or by simply Donating for the cause. Drop us a line in case of any need at firstname.lastname@example.org !
IoT Awards (US) – 2015 – Best DIY Project
Wired Magazine (IT) – 2014 – Hack the Expo innovation contest – 1st Prize
LaunchBox (US/EU) – 2014 – Innovative Design Competition held by Cut’n’Paste, HP and Intel – Gold Prize Winner
Focus Magazine (IT) – 2013 – Maker Faire European Edition – Best in show, 2nd Place.
MEG has a global media presence. Here’s a selection:
2014 – Maker Faire European Edition, Rome
2014 – International Architecture Exhibition, Venice
2014 – Torino Mini Maker Faire, Torino
2014 – IFA Consumer Electronics Unlimited, Berlin
2013 – Maker Faire European Edition, Rome
2013 – Salone del Mobile, Milano
MEG showcased also at Fablabs and Universities, by the likes of: Cambridge Plant Science Lab, London HackSpace and ImpactHub, Amsterdam Waag, University of Milano – Faculty of Agriculture, Polythechnic University of Milano.
MEG was funded also through an Eppela campaign in Italy in 2014.
A Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign reached the US/CAN market in 2014.
D’Alesio&Santoro + Design Group Italia
A young Lighting Design practice joins forces with an institution of Italian Industrial Design.
D’Alesio&Santoro, the latest generation of lighting professionals.
An independent firm of lighting design, based in Milan, was born around the cooperation and friendship of the two co-founders: Carlo D’Alesio and Piero Santoro.
Born in 1982, after graduating in industrial design, have attended the Masters in Design and Technology of Lighting in 2006. Carlo D’Alesio was lighting designer and project manager for Metis Lighting studio in Milan; Piero Santoro was technical director for 3M Italian LMS (Lighting Management Solutions).
Massimo Di Filippo is part of the firm as a senior engineer.
Design Group Italia, a brand and design consultancy for over 40 years.
Through a multidisciplinary approach, it provides strategic advice, creative thinking and innovative design solutions according to customer needs in the areas of strategy, product, packaging, identity. For Design Group Italia, good design should be useful, smart, beautiful, managing to convey the culture of Italian design at all levels of the market.
Open Knowledge, Growing, Microgrowing, Photonics, Solid State Lighting, Open Source, Global, Phytotherapy, Medical Plants, Plant Research, Green Education, Internet Of Things, Data Gathering, Horticulture, Led, Energy Efficiency, Arduino, Design, Technology, Iot, Smart Grids, Open Hardware, Open Knowledge, DiY, Open Software, Community, Growing Automation, Green Technologies, Self Growing, Makers, Biotechnologies.
MEG is the world’s first open-source indoor greenhouse, since 2012.
MEG allows growers to control the Farming Process via an app installed on their smartphone/tablet, managing all the growing parameters : Lighting Spectrum , Lighting Engine Height, Irrigation and Nutrients Distribution , Ventilation , Humidity and Temperature.
One of MEG’s core values is the custom designed spectrum-tunable LED Lighting Engine;
it is a compromise between Performance and Technology Accessibility. All of its industry-grade components are selected to be easily and economically achievable.
MEG creates Growing Recipes which are collected and shared by the user community.
The embodied technology helps you to act more efficiently, while still experimenting with your growing performance.
Since MEG’s architecture and platform are 100% Open Source, a worldwide community can also contribute to improve MEG’s hardware and software thus providing the driving-force behind its knowledge acquisition and the refinement of the platform.
MEG is a self-innovation project combining our skills (Industrial and Lighting Design), and our passions (IoTs, Growing, Open Knowledge); everyone can contribute by upgrading our Source Files or by simply Donating for the cause
MEG is a complex and delicate project, involving Design, Engineering, Implementation and Construction development of items in the following fields:
– Photometrics performance
– OSHW-focused Mechanical and Industrial design
– Electrical design
– PCB design
– Arduino-related applications
– Testing, Validations and Proof-of-concepts of all of the above
We’re constantly on the go, feel free to drop us a line at email@example.com!
CLICK HERE FOR MEG’S SOURCE FILES