LG’s indoor gardening fridge looks like something out of The Martian

LG will launch its new indoor gardening device at CES 2022 – and it looks like something straight out of the set of a sci-fi movie.

Called LG tiiun, which means “push” in Korean, the self-contained machine will allow novice gardeners to grow vegetables, herbs and flowers from the comfort of their home, all year round.

It features two shelves that can each hold up to six all-in-one seed packets, with each seed packet containing 10 holes for seed germination. LG says users can grow a variety of vegetables simultaneously in just four to eight weeks using the equipment – ​​supposedly faster than doing it outdoors.

The LG tiiun has already been listed as a CES 2022 Innovation Award winner thanks to its smart combination of weather, temperature, water and light control systems. According to the company, it was able to leverage its expertise in refrigerators, water purifiers and ventilation systems to bring tiiun to market.

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The LG tiiun will be available in two colors, Nature Beige and Nature Green (Image credit: LG)

Its design is also very neat. Available in two colors – Nature Beige and Nature Green – the tiiun appears relatively modest in the product photos we’ve seen so far. Its transparent and airtight door, for example, is designed to keep insects out while allowing users to watch their plants grow from afar.

Honestly, you’d be forgiven for mistaking this thing for a mini fridge full of salad.

Horticultural 2.0

The tiiun is also compatible with LG’s ThinQ app, meaning green-fingered owners can monitor the entire germination process using their mobile phone, check or change settings, and receive notifications when the water tank must be filled.

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The LG tiiun has two shelves that can each hold up to six packets of seeds. (Image credit: LG)

“LG tiiun is a convenient and practical solution for busy consumers who want to enjoy a greener and healthier lifestyle at home,” said Lyu Jae-cheol, President of LG Electronics Home Appliance and Air Solution Company, in a press release.

“A stylish addition to the home or apartment, our smart gardening system makes growing herbs, leafy greens and flowers fun and simple, even for those of us with no gardening experience. .”

We haven’t yet learned how much the tiiun will cost, though we may hear more when it debuts at LG’s CES display booth on January 5.

Still, it’s exciting to see big tech brands like LG forging ahead with products that could really improve our physical and mental well-being – even if that well-being inevitably comes at the expense of our wallets.