You don’t have to use the buttons too often, but here’s an overview of the user interface:
Plant chip reader:
This is where you place the chip containing the plant program. The plant program tells the Auk which conditions the plants need:
Nutrition: When to dispense what kind of nutrition (the mix of nutrients varies with the size and type of plant)
Light: What kind of light the plants need in different stages of life. The light affects how the plant grows, e.g. the red light encourages flowering, while the white light in the early phases promotes stem growth, giving you a sturdy plant.
Parameters for the watering algorithm and more
As of now, we have two plant programs:
“Herbs & salads” (the green chip), for green plants where you eat the leaves and stems.
“Chili & tomato” (the red chip), for plants that bear fruits.
These programs cover most plants, but we’ll develop more specialized programs in the future.
The moisture indicator counts down to the next watering, from 4 blue lights to one. When Auk is watering, you’ll see all the blue lights going in a wave up and down.
This light will blink red when it's time to refill your nutrition capsules. Remove the water tank, refill the empty capsules, and hold the button for 2 seconds to confirm the change. Learn more about how you refill the nutrition capsules.
This is on when the plant light is on and off when the plant light is off.
Press the button once to dim the light
If you press the button once, the light will be dimmed to a warm, comfortable light. The light will stay dimmed until the next light cycle starts, then automatically turn on at full strength again.
Press the light button for 5 seconds, until the light turns off and then on again, to set the light cycle.
When you release the light button, Auk will have the light on for the next 16 hours and off for the following 8 hours. Phase 1 is different - then, the light is on for 12 hours.
Example: You reset the light cycle one morning at 7 am. The light will be on for the next 16 hours, before switching itself off at 11 pm. 8 hours later, at 7 am, it will turn on again and follow the same rhythm.
You can reset the light cycle again any time you’d like :)