Hey all, not sure if i'm starting this new thread correctly, but since i'm still new lets hope.
So, i think the idea of a food computer is a fantastic idea and one i was somewhat contemplating doing already. I have some ideas floating around my head that i mostly just wanted to share and/or have a place to write them down. The fact that a prototype model exists is great, and good that a v2 with better electronics and hardware is in the works. But since this thing is still rather in it's infancy stage the Open Hardware and DIY Hacking should help improve the design over time. So here is a place for people to jot down hardware improvements that they think are better, more cost effective, etc.
So I will go first,
I think i will try to build my own Food Computer with my knowledge and available items, and if i do then i will probably start another build thread for my design / mods specifically. Until then here are a few of my ideas.
First, In the beginning i wont be as focused on the electronics and/or computer part of my food computer, but my main goal will be to put together an easy-to-assemble and hopefully more cost effective frame and turn that into a functional aeropnic grow box. What i'm thinking about using for my frame is a 2ft x 2ft T-slot based 8020 brand extruded aluminum shell that i assembled some time ago and was working on turning it into a homemade home designed large 3d printer and/or CNC milling machine. That project is currently kindof on hold and moving slow so i don't expect it to be finished anytime soon. If that's the case then i think i may re-purpose it and give it new life as a food computer and/or small aeroponic grow box for winter plant breeding.
Second, i think i really only need a few items to get a bare minimum grow box up and running. Since i already have the t-slot frame i just need, some insulation to cover the sides, an LED grow light (on order from china), and a few dirt cheap ultrasonic fog/mist "atomizer" (5 on order from HongKong).
Current hardware BOM cost estimate is about $134.08 for the 10 pieces of 1010 8020 t-slot frame, $16 for 5 24v ultrasonic fog machines, $18 estimated insulation from the original BOM, and $50 for the 100W (but really 55W) LED grow light.
So this is where i'm at right now. Let me know what you guy's think, if you'd like me to post my sources, and if you guy's think my plan is realistic or totally off base or what. I just learned about this the other day so i honestly don't know how well the old design worked, how active the forum is, how much better the V2 design will actually be. I'm mostly aiming for 1. super ease of build (for myself) and 2. low cost / best functional devices.