Brazilian design student Kleber Puchaski has created a quirky concept product called Hydrosphere that allows you to grow your own vegetables from the convenience of your own kitchen.
Hydrosphere is a transparent, polycarbonate ball standing 42 cm high that allows people to watch their small fruits and vegies growing from both above and beneath the ground. Powered by a solar panel, this concept is self sustaining, taking its energy directly from nature and transferring it to an internal light system. Hydrosphere was inspired by hydroponics, a crop production system using mineral nutrient solutions (instead of soil) to cultivate and manage vegetable growth, and retro nutrients are circulated around the roots via water. A central growth lamp automatically sets the right temperature and light levels to encourage good growth.
Puchaski?s Hydrosphere concept was among the finalists in this year?s Electrolux Design Lab competition, a global competition that challenged students to seek food preservation and preparation solutions that promote healthy eating habits for the consumer in 2016.
Unfortunately Electrolux has no plans to commercialise Hydrosphere.