We have seen many indoor growing systems over the years, aiming to provide users who may not have an outdoor garden with a steady supply of greenery throughout the year. Many of these have been Kickstarters, but now LG is looking to join the growing party with a standalone device called Tiiun.
The Tiiun is already for sale in korea – where it means “sprout” – and is set to be showcased at CES 2022 in January, after LG won a Consumer Technology Association Innovation Award for the indoor garden last month.
About the size of a small fridge, the mains-powered unit features two growing shelves that can each accommodate six packets of seeds or pods – which include growing medium and feature a number of holes for germination.
The internal temperature is automatically controlled using the company’s refrigerator technology, timed LED lighting mimics natural growth cycles, and the system even controls airflow for optimal growth. The see-through door allows indoor gardeners to watch their harvest of greens grow, while keeping insects out so there’s no need for harsh insecticides. Users can expect to harvest in four to eight weeks.
Device operation can also be monitored using LG’s ThinQ mobile app, and settings can be adjusted as needed. The app will also notify users when the unit’s water reservoir needs refilling, with Tiiun’s setup ensuring that growing pods receive a drink eight times a day.
“LG Tiiun is a convenient and practical solution for busy consumers who want to enjoy a greener and healthier lifestyle at home,” said LG’s Lyu Jae-cheol. “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. .”
There’s no mention of pricing or availability in the US, but it went on sale in LG’s home market for 1.49 million won (which converts to US$1,250) in October. The company says the Tiiun (along with a mini version) will be showcased virtually at its digital exhibition booth at CES 2022, which kicks off Jan. 5.