Who?

Based at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, Urban Farming Company is a social start-up applying design thinking and emerging technology to enhance children’s awareness of the benefits of fresh food using their digital knowledge and prowess.

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What?

TableFarm is a fully integrated physical plant growing incubator for children utilising digital technology to gamify the process of growing. It bridges the digital-physical divide as an internet-of-things plant growing incubator using an accompanying software/app platform designed for social media integration and remote operation.

Conceived as a Tamagotchi-like device for real living plants, it uses an interactive gamified growing experience via smart phone, laptop or electronic tablet - enabling the cultivation of edible plants within the home and classroom.


How?

A seamless interaction between software and hardware. The TableFarm gameplay aims to make use of numerous real-time sensors and plant care opportunities. Children will be rewarded in-game for their plant progress and vice versa. Watch this space...

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It's alive!

Gamifying plant cultivation: (work in progress):

TableFarm®'s Green-Finger Score is live real-world plant data for our star plant called Minty MacMintface.

Our TableFarm test-rig monitors key environmental conditions and Minty's growth using innovative computer vision software to assess the quantity and quality of 'green' in the image below and reward points appropriately.

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Why?

In our age of virtual existences and on-line experiences the digital skills and confidence of young children using a tablet, laptop or smart phone is truly impressive...but you'll be truly shocked if you question them about where their food comes from.

In a recent food survey of 2,000 children

Sustainable food and farming organisation Linking Environment and Farming (Leaf)

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Key challenge:

How can we develop our children's awareness of the benefits of fresh food using their digital knowledge?


Partners

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University of Edinburgh:

Research collaboration with the Institute of Molecular Plant Sciences (Dr. Alistair McCormick, SynthSys). Exploring the affect of lighting quality on optimal plant growth.

Working with Andrei Dobrescu (Institute of Digital Communications) to develop TableFarm's computer vision and machine learning aspects.

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University of Strathclyde:

An exciting IAA funded partnership with the Lighting Innovation Centre. Working with Dr James Irvine (Electronic & Electrical Engineering) and Prof. Robert Martin (Vice-Dean (Research) Science, Department of Physics). Design and development of LED lighting for TableFarm prototype Grow Rigs. The Grow Rigs are currently being used for plant phenotype research and as an experimental educational tool for an Advanced Higher Biology course for a school near Glasgow.

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Censis:

Centre of excellence for Sensor and Imaging Systems (SIS). Providing valuable leading industry innovations and access to world-class research. TableFarm benefits from CENSIS' in-house IoT Centre providing rapid prototyping support accelerating concept to full-spectrum sensor hardware prototype working prototype.

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University of Abertay:

World-class interface and gamification collaboration with the renounced departments of Computational Modelling & Visualization, School of Arts, Media and Computer Games. Working collaboration with student team developing design narrative, code and user experiences related to TableFarm's digital experience

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Design in Action:

Urban Farming Company benefited from Design in Action's seed funding and strategic mentoring as part of their Art and Humanities Research Council-funded Knowledge Exchange Hub for the Creative Economy. The innovative 2014 Design Chiasma offered a superb commercial and creative grounding via thier residential collaborative workshop,

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Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation:

UK's leading hub for low carbon innovation - helping to shape a low carbon future. The ECCI's Low Carbon Ideas Lab provides support, mentoring and world class accommodation for Urban Farming Company's inspirational ideas that seek to progress Scotland towards a low carbon economy.

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