The future of farming is now and it is in the dark: A portable garden vending machine, called the Chef's Farm, offers a harvest of up to 60 heads of lettuce a day, without a ray of sunlight. The indoor vertical garden costs $90,000, a price that Japanese designer Dentsu hopes restaurants will be willing to pay for locally grown produce without the traditional troubles of transportation, crop variability, or outdoor growing space. The machine been touted as a gardener's solution to the apocalypse.
Fresh from the digital fields and humming with plant life, LeafSnap is a new mobile app that can identify a tree's species by looking at a photograph of the leaf. It's the first of app of its kind, and a field guide for the twenty-first century. Using facial recognition algorithms to analyze the leaf's contour, LeafSnap then selects a match from its index of species. If it's not entirely sure (let's be fair—leaves of different species can look rather similar), it will bring up a list of possible identifications.