When you’re making the choice to invest your time and money in a project–like OpenAg–it’s good to consider possible alternatives. When you’re already invested in a project, it’s good to keep any eye on what the competition is up to. What can you learn from them? Are there opportunities to help each other? If a friend asked you why you’re building a Food Computer instead of an AstroPlant, what would you say? Maybe competition seems like a weird word for an open source project. But, projects based on voluntary collaboration do compete with each other for people’s time and attention. It fits.
I really like AstroPlant’s features page titled, “What does it do, exactly?” because it does a great job of succinctly explaining what features their hardware includes, what it’s meant to do, and why. Their blog also has a lot of good discussion about applying citizen science toward eventually farming in space.
People have mentioned AstroPlant several times here on the forum in passing (forum search for AstroPlant), but I never looked it up or paid much attention before. My mistake. It’s good. Worth a look if you aren’t already familiar with what they’re doing.