Simplicity in Design

“Simplicity is not the goal. It is the by-product of a good idea and modest expectations.” That’s a quote from Paul Rand, American modernist and art designer. He describes art as an experience, a concept that we’ve been in line with through Íko Systems...

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How does it work?

We’ve been asked this question many times. Everyone from family, friends and investors, want to know the same thing about our plant machines (AKA smart herb gardens). It’s been phrased many ways, but it usually sounds something like this: “So how do they actually work?”

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Herbs and Health: Tea

The simplicity of herbal tea preparation makes it one of the easiest way to use herbs. We’ve noticed that many herbal teas are made from plants that have brilliant, beautiful flowers that would look stunning in an in-home garden...

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Meet the Team: Hardware

Like any complex machine, Íko, a team of thirteen members, is divided into subsystems. Each are responsible for completing distinct tasks. From software to hardware, marketing to botany, Íko is a diverse team with varied interests and expertise. 

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Big Red Ecosystem

In the last few weeks, several companies and startup founders have chosen to leave Silicon Valley... Ithaca NY, while on the opposite side of the US and clearly on a much smaller scale, has seen an optimistic and exciting trend toward entrepreneurship...

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Organic Design

There is no better example of pure functionality than in complex organisms found in nature. From physiological adaptations to chemical responses, flora and fauna have naturally redesigned themselves over the years to acclimate to their environments.

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The Rise of Urban Agri Couture

Agriculture is seeing unprecedented innovation and investment as the realizations of food pressure, health, and technology collide. Investors and entrepreneurs from Jeff Bezos to SoftBank to Elon Musk have taken notice of the profound changes in the way food is grown and delivered.

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Shedding Some Light

Light, above all, is vital for plant growth. Plants turn sunlight into energy through the process of photosynthesis. Whether you're growing basil or bamboo, orchids or oregano, it is crucial that plants receive enough light to survive and flourish.

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