@wsnook We seem to have pivoted in different directions. Now I think a camera is vital, and after a question from Peter, I've decided to build my next controller around a Pi Zero.
I think the MVP should support all popular platforms, including Arduino (covers ESP, Edison and the new boards), but I'm more focused on a full PFC for now.
For the recipes, my plan was that the PFC would store data in a .csv file, something like this
Blanks where the PFC can't capture that data, or if it doesn't apply, ie hydroponics or HPA
This file can be processed afterwards into a recipe that analyzes changes and important conditions.
For your questions, I have no preference for the code language.
For the firmware, our data acquisition methods are quite similar, but most of my code is for MQTT. I'm not familiar with how the Photon's WiFi works, is that a wireless serial bridge? I would like to see how it develops. When I return to Arduino, I think the methods could be useful.
I don't know how and where our projects could intersect at the moment, mostly because my direction is in limbo.
Let me know what you think of the data format, and I'll post my Brainbox plans soon