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Yes! The code and hardware plans are all open source.
You can also purchase a HW kit with all of the components conveniently collected (see above).
The Food Computer v1.0 was our first go a the problem of creating an open source tabletop growing chamber. It could run limited environmental recipes for light and nutrients.
The Food Computer v2.0 is our next-gen system. Some of its goals are:
See Climate Recipes.
There are lots of kinds of hydroponics. You can drip water over plants, mist the plants, or use soil.
The Food Computer is a controlled-environment agriculture technology platform that uses robotic systems to control and monitor climate, energy, and plant growth inside of a specialized growing chamber.
For more details check out this pagehttp://openag.media.mit.edu/hardware/
See our TED Talk.
Lots of things! Leafy green and herb are good first choices. They are fast, easy to grow and fun. We've grown lots of plants that are frequently grown hydroponically (basil, tomato, chard, kale, …) and a lot of plants that aren't usually grown hydroponically too. Join the experiment and see if you can grow your favorite plant!
It depends on the plant. Many leafy greens and herbs take 2-3 weeks to grow from seed to full plant. Tweaking the Environmental Recipe can also cause faster plant growth, more leaves, and different tastes.
1-2 experienced makers can source and build a Food Computer v2.0 from scratch. We're also putting together pre-sourced kits which makes things a bit easier.
We like to use food-safe bins and safe fertilizers so that the plants we grow are edible. Yum!
Of course, the Food Computer is open source, so safety is up to you! Make sure to use clean water and food-safe materials/ingredients if you plan to eat your plants.
Yay! We welcome contributions from anyone. Here are some ways you can help:
Nope! There are folks all over the world building Food Computers, and we welcome contributions from anyone.
The forum is a great place to start if you have a question.
Troubleshooting or doing development on a Food Computer? Check out development for tools.
And, if any mods are possible, how to upgrade the v1.0 to the v2.0?
(i.e., not Linux/RPi but on OSX/Windows)?