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Grad School Growing: Robomatic Offers Affordable Remote Grow Room Control

The Etherdose Duo is one of Robomatic’s fantastic products. The Etherdose Duo is one of Robomatic’s fantastic products.

 

Growing is demanding. If you have a large operation or multiple operations (or both), you’re lucky to get a moment to yourself, much less a day off. The life of your crop is complex, and you have to keep a watchful eye on those high-value plants.

These days, grow room automation is making it much easier for growers to have a life outside the grow room, and one company is quickly advancing that notion: Robomatic.

Founded in 2010 by Stony Brook University grad student Edward Kim and Harvard University grad student Michael Ceyko, Robomatic’s flagship product is the Etherdose Duo.

Like so much technology these days, the real advantage Robomatic offers is in the interface, one that’s easy to operate in these touchscreen times.

We caught up with Kim to learn more about what puts his products ahead of the curve.

“My biggest pain as a hydroponic grower is worrying about the EC and pH,” explains Edward. “Robomatic lengthens the tether you have to your grow, allowing you to leave your grow for a couple of weeks at a time.”

“We don’t make just a vanilla EC/pH meter, pen/probe or continuous meter,” he continues. “We wanted to make something different, so we added an embedded web server that allows you to monitor and control the EC/pH meter and make automatic adjustments using connected peristaltic pumps or solenoid valves. And you can do this remotely using a PC, iPhone or other web-enabled device.”

Like so much technology these days, the real advantage Robomatic offers is in the interface, one that’s easy to operate in these touchscreen times.

“Although there are similar products out there, I wanted to make something extremely low-cost and with an easy-to-use web interface,” Edward explains. “You can control it easily, not dealing with buttons and LCDs, but a clean web interface that everyone can enjoy using. And we provide a flexible package that can accommodate grows of many sizes, including if you just need the minimum.”

Talking with a hydroponics scientist and entrepreneur like Edward makes us feel certain that, in the future, remote automated grow systems will look more and more like Robomatic.

For more info, visit www.robomatic.com or reach Edward via phone at 718-559-4572 or email ed@robomatic.com .

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Happy is a regular contributor to RosebudMag.com and has written for various other publications, including Black Belt, Inside Hockey, and FoxSports.com. He transitioned to life as a writer following a decade-long career as a touring musician. He lives with his son in Vancouver, British Columbia

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