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Grow anything automatically with the world’s first microhabitat

Biopod puts a rainforest right in your kitchen! 

Having a green thumb takes a lot of attention, time and know-how. It can be difficult to keep plants alive — but what if instead there was a way to automatically regulate your environmental conditions to ensure optimal growth? This is exactly what Jared Wolfe set out to accomplish.


Whereas the closest any of us would typically ever get to a jungle is by grabbing dinner at a nearby Rainforest Cafe or flipping on the Discovery Channel, Biopod brings it all right to your kitchen counter. That’s because Canadian biologist has created a microhabitat that not only enables you to grow your own rainforest or garden, but automatically modifies the temperature, light, humidity, ventilation and rainfall with the help of an accompanying mobile app.

Housed within its tank, each Biopod is equipped with an HD camera, temperature/humidity sensors, a misting system with its own reservoir, an aeration unit, Wi-Fi connectivity, LED lighting with UVA/UVB rays and a living wall filter, among many other components.


There are also three different types of habitats, each represented by a differently sized tank. The 14.2-gallon Biopod One is ideal for herb or vegetable gardening and recreating habitats that are perfect for your plants or small pets such as frogs, butterflies and snakes. The 21-gallon Biopod Terra can function as a great piece of décor in your home or office. And last but not least, the 31.5-gallon Biopod Aqua is a complete ecosystem where the fish in the aquarium provide nutrients to the plants through a permanent active filtration system that incorporates a living wall.

Biopod can be easily controlled via your smartphone by selecting different options and categories on its companion app: plants, pets or décor. With plants, it will provide information on the best seed varieties and length of a growth cycle, as well as the expected blooming and harvesting dates. By following the directions, your automated microhabitat will then adjust its settings to fit the environment based on your category choices.


According to its team, another way the microhabitat can make an impact is through building a community to educate and understand the important contributions people can make toward the environment. The project was first invented to simulate a rainforest habitat in order to help save endangered frogs from extinction. Every Biopod also has the capacity to connect to the Biopod Cloud, which collects and shares data to help create better habitats.

Ready to start growing your own herb garden or personal rainforest? Head over to the Biopod’s Kickstarter campaign, which has already stormed right past its $22,783 goal. Units are expected to begin shipping sometime later this year.

23 smart crowdfunding campaigns you may want to back this week

Every Friday, we’re taking a look at some of the smartest, most innovative projects that caught our attention on Kickstarter and Indiegogo over the last seven days. 



This robotic arm is a complete fabrication system that enables Makers to do everything from print to plot. Makerarm is currently seeking $349,750 on Kickstarter.



This wearable tracks and translates tail wagging so that you can better understand your dog. DogStar Life is currently seeking $100,000 on Indiegogo.



This smart bracelet fuses art, fashion and technology by displaying custom images, slideshows, app notifications and other information. LOOKSEE LABS has already well surpassed its $70,000 goal on Kickstarter.



This intelligent car system evaluates driving behavior and shares how to drive in a more eco-friendly and fuel-efficient manner. Ascora GmbH is currently seeking $146,299 on Kickstarter.



This universal accessory turns your smartphone into a head-up display for your car. HUDWAY is currently seeking $100,000 on Kickstarter.



This small USB-powered lamp beautifully emits a twirl of color based on the emotions of Twitter users. Connor Nishijima has surpassed his goal of $935 on Kickstarter.



This smart toy for kids is designed to be hit, smashed, kicked, and tossed. Jabber’s World is currently seeking $45,000 on Kickstarter.



This door system combines a traditional deadbolt, Bluetooth Low Energy, Wi-Fi and the cloud to seamlessly make access to your home simple for you and your guests. Random Wire Technologies is currently seeking $25,000 on Kickstarter.



This smart cup measures your water intake, tracks your coffee consumption and reminds you to hydrate. Groking Lab is currently seeking $25,000 on Kickstarter.

Lapa 2


This Bluetooth tracker helps you stay connected with your things, all from its accompanying app. Lapa Studio has nearly tripled its Indiegogo goal of $35,000.



This attachable sensor transforms anything into a musical instrument, giving you an entire world of new creative possibilities. Mogees has already reached its Kickstarter goal of $30,325.

Eleven 3D Printer


This affordable, open source 3D printer features a big build area to create even bigger ideas. ISG3D is currently seeking $8,402 on Kickstarter.



This wireless charger declutters your house and helps you remain organized. WallJax is currently seeking $125,000 on Indiegogo.



This smart microhabitat lets you grow vegetables and plants, as well as make a rainforest-style home for your pets. Jared Wolfe is just shy of tripling his $22,000 Kickstarter goal.



This connected pills dispenser ensures that the right person takes the right dosage at the right time. Indie Designers is currently seeking $55,000 on Kickstarter.



This sensor-laden wearable device provides accurate, real-time feedback as you work out. Ollinlift is currently seeking $45,617 on Kickstarter.



This portable, space-shifting solution allows you to enjoy the access rights of your home or office network, irrespective of your physical location. AlwaysHome is currently seeking $40,000 on Kickstarter.



This Wi-Fi-enabled container accurately keeps track of daily medication and supplement intake, then sends customized reminders or voice messages according to your schedule. Xiaohe Intelligent Technology is currently seeking $20,000 on Kickstarter.



This wearable gadget gives mothers-to-be the ability to monitor their babies’ heart rate and movement 24/7. ExtantFuture  is currently seeking $50,000 on Indiegogo.

Plug & Plant


This wall-mounted smart pod system not only organizes your indoor plants, but collects environmental data and suggests tips for optimal growth. Team Plug & Plant is currently seeking $50,000 on Kickstarter.



This all-in-one machine for Makers can 3D print, laser cut, engrave and scan. Northype is currently seeking $112,405 on Kickstarter.

EVI InWall


This board installs behind your existing switches and outlets to make them smart and controllable from your smartphone. Mark Snyder is currently seeking $80,000 on Kickstarter.

The BuzzClip


This small, discreet wearable device helps the blind or visually impaired to detect and safely navigate around objects in their path. iMerciv is currently seeking $50,000 on Indiegogo.

Did you happen to miss last week’s notable campaigns? If so, you can check them out here. Also, if your project is powered by Atmel MCUs and you’ve been featured on our blog, be sure to download the respective badges here for use in your ongoing marketing efforts. 

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