Niwa: The Future of the Growbox
Niwa is the brain child of Javier Morillas, a Spanish Engineer who grew tired of seeing tonnes of fresh vegetables being shipped to his hometown, only to have lost most of their nutritional value by the time they reached the end consumer. Through this frustration he was inspired to design a cheap, efficient, fully automated next-gen grow box that allows for fresh, easy to grow produce to be grown in the homes of all – and it can all be adapted for growing marijuana!
An Indoor Growing Revolution
The thing that has caught our eye here at Zamnesia is the level of interactivity and control Niwa has to offer. Firstly, it is a fully automated hydroponic system – this means lighting, ventilation, temperature, watering, and feeding are all taken care of by Niwa’s ‘smart’ software. Whilst this may sound unappealing to those who are used to ultimate hands-on control, don’t jump ship just yet. Niwa sends real-time feedback on all of these factors right to your phone, where you can control and adjust everything exactly to your liking. Not only does this mean you still maintain complete control over the grow, it also means you can continue to care for your plants when you are out and about, or when you go on holiday! Furthermore, it appears that Niwa can also be set up with a camera feed, which also links up to the app on your phone – so you can visually see how your precious bud is coming along.
What’s The Catch?
When something sounds too good to be true, most of the time it is. In this case, Niwa is still not commercially available. It has recently completed a crowd-funded Kickstarter campaign, and is now in production/accepting pre-orders. This, of course, isn’t to say it won’t deliver on everything it promises, we just haven’t had the chance to test one out yet!
Then there is the fact that many users would have to slightly adapt their Niwa for cannabis growth. For example, the Niwa has clear walls so that you can see your vegetables growing, most cannabis cultivators will probably want to line this with reflective mylar in order to maximise light exposure. Other things could potentially crop up, such as lighting and odour control.
What we can say for sure is that Niwa looks very promising, and if you are willing to make your own adjustments to it, could be the perfect hobby grow box. It is certainly one to keep your eye on. And who knows, if it succeeds it could inspire all kinds of new cannabis related tech!