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Everyone’s dream appliance is the Star Trek replicator: a machine that can spit out any meal on demand. But while that concept may still be science fiction, a forthcoming appliance wants to take advantage of replicating foods the old-fashioned way: utilizing Mother Nature to grow fruits and vegetables in your kitchen – with a modern twist.

Everblume – billed as an “automated grow appliance” – is still a ways from coming to market (“beta-testing” is planned for this summer), but the designers behind it are already far enough along that the product has a website and the team was willing to discuss the unique in-home produce-growing machine with Tech Insider.

In its current iteration (one which the company co-founders say is still being finalized), Everblume is about the size of a refrigerator: 6 feet tall by 2.5 feet wide by 3 feet deep. Brand-designed mockups show the appliance fitting into an ordinary kitchen. Inside, the device is an environment-controlled hydroponic garden, which means that plants grow in water instead of soil. All the elements, from the temperature to the LED lighting to the carbon dioxide and oxygen levels can be monitored and adjusted from your smartphone – or you can simply trust the Everblume to set up the ideal conditions for whatever your growing itself. Apparently, the appliance will even be able to adjust if it senses your plants aren’t growing well.

Beyond these intriguing ideas, the details surrounding the Everblume are a bit vague. Company co-founder and engineer Mike Morgan reportedly said they’ve yet to determine an estimated retail cost for the machine, though the brand hopes to launch a Kickstarter in September as well as secure some outside investors. But according to the other co-founder, Aja Atwood, they have a working prototype: It’s currently growing a cherry tomato plant that is already 30 inches high.

Overall, whether the Everblume ever becomes a reality or not, it’s a cool idea. Though in a culture that took so easily to the microwave because it could cook things instantaneously, it would be interesting to see if people had the patience to wait weeks for an appliance to grow a salad. Unless you can grow weed in it. People would definitely want that. It sounds like you can grow weed in it.