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Algae-Dispensing Vending Machine

By Leonard Ho - Posted Apr 18, 2011 09:00 AM
Imagine this: You walk into your favorite LFS and find a dispensing machine serving up the freshest live phytoplankton you can buy - technology designed to sustain and deliver live algae/phytoplankton, delivered on-demand. This is exactly what the Haberlandt was built for: a biotechnological machine designed to culture and dispense algae.

According to

"Haberlandt is designed to sustain any suspension culture, currently consisting on Spirulina algae (Arthrospira Platensis). Biological conditions are maintained troughout the system via a processor. Inputs are measured and sent to the processor and an output is executed generating a negative feedback that allows for constant conditions and thus for the survival and reproduction of the algae. Thus turning this system into a cybernetical organism.

Haberlandt produces, stores and delivers in the same place, reducing the environmental impact by localizing all the logistics involved in a traditional vending in situ. By spherificating the dose it avoids the use of any packaging, since it is a self-containing format where the package is the actual product to be consumed."

Watch the Haberlandt in action!


And here's an extended, detailed video with commentary:


It's a pipe dream; It's a virtual certainly the Haberlandt is not cost-effective or practical for our hobby, but it's got to rank up there as one off the coolest machines (and idea) I've seen.  Let's dream!



Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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