Just short of the Star Trek replicator, this new appliance promises to be everything you’ve ever dreamed of in terms of fun gadgets for your kitchen. It may not be able to produce any meal out of thin air, but the Everblume can enable you to grow plants from places you never expected.
Called an “automated grow appliance,” the Everblume is a new product currently undergoing “beta-testing” with the intention of hitting global markets later this summer. In a nutshell the appliance is an in-home produce-growing machine that’s about the size of a refrigerator. Standing at 6 feet tall, 2.5 feet wide, and 3 feet deep, this brand-designed appliance will be built to fit into standard kitchens.
The service it provides however, is hardly standard. The Everblume acts as an environment-controlled hydroponic garden, meaning that plants can grow in the water within the Everblume as opposed to the soil. All elements of the Everblume’s environment, from the temperature to the LED lighting to the carbon dioxide levels can be monitored and adjusted by Everblume owners from their smartphones. Even if Everblume buyers are unsure what kind of environment would be best suited for their plant life, they can pick setting where the Everblume senses what the plants need and makes adjustments if they seem to be taking a turn for the worse.
While the Everblume’s ideas are definitely intriguing, further information regarding the product’s development remains obscure. Company co-founder Mike Morgan has allegedly stated that Everblume has yet to determine the retail cost for their product, though the company hopes to make major ground using a Kickstarter in the coming fall. They’re hoping to secure some investors as well.
Everblume co=founder Aja Atwood has revealed that the company has a working prototype that’s currently fostering the growth of a cherry tomato plant that’s 30 inches high.
Regardless of whether the Everblume becomes a functional idea and a mainstream appliance, the idea behind it is very interesting. Perhaps it will become normal for people to have their own sustainable environment-controlled gardens in their home if and when electricity and space become more common amenities. However, those are big ifs.
Potential problems with the Everblume seem to proliferate the more one considers the product’s concepts however. First of all, it seems basically made to help people grow illegal plants that can be harvested to make drugs. The Everblume offers much too small a space to create enough of any plant to have a real produce source, and only enough to have maybe a drug source. Also it’s an enormous appliance; yes, everyone’s kitchen tends to have a space for a refrigerator. But most people’s kitchens don’t have space for two large refrigerator-sized appliances. Finally, it’s surely extremely expensive to both buy and power. Who knows how much it would be to repair, and it likely would cause an enormous mess if it were to leak.
There are all problems that perhaps the Everblume creators will address in the future. For now, it seems like kind of a dumb idea that doesn’t really solve any prevalent problem.