Today, we are releasing the documentation for the OpenAg™ Personal Food Computer v2.0 (alpha), a major upgrade from the OpenAg™ PFC v1.0.
We’ve established the features that are available on this ‘alpha’ release of OpenAg™ PFC v2.0. We’re refining both the hardware and software (hence, the ‘alpha’ release), and as we move into the beta release phase, the hardware and software will stabilize and you can anticipate fewer changes.
If you’ve built an OpenAg™ PFC v1.0, you’ll be able to upgrade your machine to the OpenAg™ PFC v2.0 software by the end of the year, adding new functionality to your system. We’re also hard-at-work on a few new components that aren’t commercially available yet, so expect to hear more about this research by year’s end, too.
You may notice we’ve added a trademark above. We’re learning from other successful open-source projects like WordPress. As our community grows and ‘food computing’ as a general term takes root, it’s important to create a differentiating mark for our community, our software, and our hardware. The trademark is a next step in our commitment to remain an open-source project, and our commitment to protect our open-source community. We’ll release trademark usage guidelines at the end of this year and welcome input from all the #nerdfarmers out there.
As always, OpenAg is committed to transparency and to empowering our community to co-create novel and open-source food technologies. Tell us what you think. Break it. Hack it. Grow it. Repeat. Have fun!
- Caleb & OpenAg team