Hydroponics has seen a rapid increase in popularity as a means for city dwellers to grow vegetables and other things in apartments, which proves to be a difficult proposition otherwise. Products like AeroGarden offer an entry-level experience at an affordable price. But for those looking to go next level, the options get far more complicated and pricey.

Seedo is a new auto-growing hydroponics device that claims users “literally don’t have to do a thing, from seed to harvest.” This smartphone-connected appliance hopes to change the game with its airtight ecosystem that includes built-in CO2 and air conditioning control, for just the right environment for growth.

Coming in at 40- x by 24-inches, Seedo is about the size of a subwoofer you might see sitting in the corner of your living room. Its all white outer shell offers visuals that don’t necessarily give it away as a hydroponic accessory. Billed as a “self-sufficient device”, it is designed to take all of the guesswork out of growing plants at home. Built-in sensors, LED lights and a camera provide around-the-clock data to your iOS or Android device as a means of tracking progress.

Unlike the aforementioned AeroGarden, Seedo closes down the plant’s environment to ensure an ideal growing experience. This includes “precision” temperature and humidity controls. Both of which are factors that can deeply affect plants during growth. Seedo also differs from the competition by offering a full range of LED spectrum lighting. Certain species call for different illumination needs, and those concerns are addressed with variable LEDs.

Two of the more intriguing features for me is the automatic mineral and CO2 system that provide the necessary supplements for proper growth. EC & PH sensors monitor levels and add nutrients to soil as needed. Sensors also take note of ideal photosynthesis opportunities and supply CO2. Basically, Seedo provides far more attention to detail than you ever will.

Aside from all of the data, a built-in camera provides round-the-clock visual monitoring too. Simply fire up the smartphone app and you can get a live look at your plants’ progress over time.

Seedo is just the latest hydroponic system to hit the market in recent years. While it is packed with technology, you’re going to have to pony up to bring one of these care-free units to your home. Early adopters can snag a pre-order for $1,200 with the final retail price expected to come in at around $1,600. If all of that’s too rich for you, Amazon has AeroGarden units starting at around $50.

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