The OpenAg™ Personal Food Computer is a tabletop-sized, controlled environment agriculture technology platform that uses robotic systems to control and monitor climate, energy, and plant growth inside of a specialized growing chamber. Climate variables such as carbon dioxide, air temperature, humidity, dissolved oxygen, potential hydrogen, electrical conductivity, and root-zone temperature are among the many conditions that can be controlled and monitored within the growing chamber to yield various phenotypic expressions in the plants.
This unit is intended for experimental, educational, and personal use. It can be made from easily accessible components, expandable systems, and a standardized platforms on which to hack, modify, share, and upgrade over time. Build instructions and schematics for the OpenAg™ Personal Food Computer are open source, so anyone around the world can utilize this design.
*Update 11 October 2018: Please note that Open Agriculture Initiative at the MIT Media Lab paused research on PFC versions 1.0-2.1 in Fall 2017, in anticipation of updated research and release of the PFC 3.0. While the build resources for the older versions remain available on our wiki page and GitHub, MIT can't support community members’ individual builds of PFC versions 1.0, 2.0, 2.1, or the MVP (designed and supported by the OpenAg community). Please let us know if you've built, are building, or have modified any of these versions with this survey. We hope to eventually make older PFC versions backwards-compatible with the lab's latest release and research. For more details, see this community forum post.