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Attitudes towards vertical farming at home: a user study

Agricultural Communications Documentation Center (ACDC)
Jansen, Guido (main author), Cila, Nazli (author), Kanis, Marije (author), Slaats, Yanti (author)
Publication Date:
USA: Association for Computing Machinery
Agricultural Communications Documentation Center, Funk Library, University of Illinois
Subject Term:
adoption, artificial intelligence, attitudes, computers, consumers, farming methods, farming systems, food, food safety, innovations, perceptions, risk assessment, sustainability, technological advancement, sustainable development, urban agriculture, vertical farming
Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings Volume 07-12-May-2016, Pages 3091-3098. 34th annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2016,, San Jose, California., Vertical farming is a promising new technology for increasing crop yields per square meter. However, little research has been done so far in people's perception of this technology. The aim of this project was to gain a better understanding of consumers' attitude on small scale vertical farming at home. This was achieved by developing a prototype that uses sensor and LED technology for growing food at home and deploying it in a user study. The prototype was built to give users a genuine feeling of what it would be like to use a small scale vertical farming system. The user study showed that the attitudes towards the system were mostly positive. However, a fully autonomous system is not desirable and there are concerns regarding food safety.