A personal food computer is a tabletop-sized, controlled environment agriculture technology platform that uses automated systems to control and monitor climate, energy, and plant growth inside of a specialized growing chamber. This allows the variables of plant growth, from humidity to temperature to CO2 levels to be precisely controlled and monitored.
Light Polymers is a nanochemistry company with deep domain knowledge of lyotropic liquid crystals, which has uses in many applications including LCD and OLED flat panel displays, LED lighting, advanced building materials and biomedical applications. This experience developing groundbreaking lyotropic materials has led to the development of photonic films that drive down both the operational costs and the installation costs of LED lighting.
Light Polymers’ VP of Grow Products, Sandor Schoichet, was interviewed by Agritecture in the run-up to NYC Ag Tech Week 2017, which begins September 16. In the interview, Sandor details the history of the new GrowBlade Edge & GrowBlade Direct product lines and discusses the ways that GrowBlade will continue to break ground as a leading horticultural lighting brand.
How do you grow a rare carnivorous plant that requires high amounts of direct sunlight AND cool temperatures? Due to a unique native environment, isolated on extremely high plateaus known as Tepuis, the various species Sun Pitchers (Heliamphora) tend to crave strong light but are very sensitive to excessive heat. This unique set of needs has made it difficult to cultivate them effectively outside of their natural habitat.
LED lighting is the most energy efficient solution for lighting your home or office today. Light down-conversion is a key phenomenon in today’s LED lighting technology – the process in which high-energy (shorter wavelength) light from a Light Emitting Diode (LED) is absorbed by a phosphorescent material and then re-emitted as lower energy (longer wavelength) light.
From electronic devices to the fixtures that light our homes, LED lighting is quickly becoming omnipresent in our everyday lives. Standard incandescent and fluorescent lighting cannot deliver the full lighting spectrum humans need, what is called a “high CRI”. Over time, these traditional light sources can have adverse effects on our mental and physical health.
Light Polymers is a Silicon Valley nanochemistry startup innovating groundbreaking products and applications using lyotropic materials. The global LED lighting market will grow to $133B by 2020 as LED technology has become a ubiquitous part of our everyday lives. Light Polymers revolutionary downconversion technology means LED lights are now a truly cost effective replacement for incandescent and CCFL lighting.
Light Polymers today revealed the upcoming Crystallin® product line, with spectrum-specific, lyotropic based photonic films. Lyotropic material technology is now being applied to create an advanced photonic film that enables safe, comfortable, high color rendering index (CRI) downlights. Saving 20% to 25% on electricity costs, Crystallin® Downlights have less lumen drop and color shift over time versus current LED based downlight offerings.