KUALA LUMPUR: A rack invented by Universiti Putra Malaysia researchers could be used by apartment dwellers to grow vegetables or as a home decoration.
Prof Dr Khairul Aidil Azlin Abd Rahman (pic) from UPM’s Department of Industrial Design, Faculty of Design and Architecture said certain vegetables could be grown on the ‘dekoponix rack’ without the need for soil.
“The method used is hydroponic in containers made from colourful ceramics,” he said in a statement here.
Prof Dr Khairul, who led the team of researchers, said with an empty weight of about 2.5kg, the rack was easy to install while its 1.5m four-level rack, which could be added on, was suitable for a house.
“The technology adopts a modular system that is easy to install and dismantle within five minutes. It could form part of the kitchen and dining table decor,” he said.
He said the product, which did not require much space, was developed in November 2014.
The prototype models were ready at the end of last year and are expected to hit the market soon, he added. – Bernama
Source : The Star, 4 February 2017