Toshiba joins different tech giants in rising tremendous-clear greens
The identify “Toshiba” conjures pictures of stacks of laptops piled excessive and perhaps the occasional tv, however the Japanese electronics big is popping its consideration to one thing just a bit extra humble: lettuce. Properly, spinach too. And swiss chard. Quartz’s Dan Frommer tells the story of a Toshiba-owned clear room nestled within the industrial corners of Yokosuka the place individuals clad in particular fits dutifully plant seeds and plop them on tall racks underneath an array of fluorescent lights. The top outcome? Tasty veggies that you simply will not want to scrub (although should you’re a light hypochondriac like your writer, you’d in all probability give ‘em a fast rinse anyway).
Toshiba is not diving into the world of unpolluted delicacies simply because it needs to appease Japan’s gourmands. No no — it goals to supply some three million luggage of greens a yr to assist agency up its place as an finish-to-finish healthcare firm. It is truly fairly sensible, if a bit paradoxical: Toshiba needs to promote these wholesome, pristine greens and the know-how (principally centered round inner imaging for now) that’ll assist when one thing ails you. It isn’t the one Japanese megaconglomerate to dabble in a spot of indoor agriculture, both. Sony transformed a closed semiconductor manufacturing unit in Miyagi prefecture into an elaborate rising operation that churns out specifically tweaked lettuce that is chock full of additional beta carotene, and Fujitsu — an enormous firm that dabbles in some actually obtuse stuff — has a room in Wakamatsu churning out low-potassium lettuce for people with persistent kidney issues. Overlook about hacking devices collectively, perhaps the longer term is in hacking the very stuff that retains us going.