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Smartphones can help grow vegetables

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It is possible that in near future, you may be using your smartphone to grow your vegetables.

A Taipei, Taiwan-based company has developed a farm cube – a small enclosed ecosystem designed to grow plants indoors. The environment inside is automatically adjusted by the cube, but it can also be controlled through an app.

Instead of going outside to pick vegetables like lettuce, you could be harvesting your food inside your home, using a stack of farm cubes made by OPCOM.

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Jack Ting, CEO, OPCOM tells: “In this one, the one cycle, around six weeks, 200 pieces or 100 pieces depending on different vegetables.”

The cube uses hydroponics to grow plants without soil. Software controls the environment, so seedlings get the correct amount of air, light and water as they develop. A fan directs the air flow. The built-in lights are LEDs. Red lights promote the growth of the seedlings, while white light supports established plants.

Jack Ting adds: “All water is UV light purified, so it is very safe, even our vegetables, no need to wash.”

With an app that connects your smartphone or computer to the cube, you can monitor the process, or make your own adjustments to the air temperature, humidity and light settings.

For garden centers and commercial farmers, OPCOM has created a larger system called the farm container. Using solar power, this multi-cube can grow 2,000 plants at a time. (Deborah Block, VOA News, Washington)

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Andhra Government to Give Free Smartphones to 1.4 Crore Women

1.4 crore women in Andhra to get free smartphones

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The Andhra Pradesh government has decided to give free smartphones to all members of women’s self-help groups in the state to enable them to avail various government services on digital platform.

The state has around 1.4 crore members in Development of Women and Children in Rural Area (DWCRA) groups, popularly known as the women’s self-help groups.

The phones will have Android operating system and will come with a sim card with required speed, unlimited calls, daily 50 SMSes and 1 GB data.

K. Vijayanand, Principal Secretary, Information Technology, Electronics and Communications, on Wednesday said Andhra Pradesh Technology Service will be the nodal agency for procurement of the phones.

A procurement committee will announce guidelines for the same.

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Smartphone by OnePlus. Flickr

A technical committee will be framing guidelines to distribute the phones.

The Internet is expected to increase the reach of citizen services being provided by the government. He said the move would help bridging the digital divide.

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The government is providing citizen services under various platforms like E-Pragati, Mee Seva, Yuva Nestam and Real Time Governance. There is also a toll-free number 1100 to lodge complaints.

There are already 900 web-based and 100 mobile applications available to provide various services to the people. (IANS)

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