The HAPI program is announcing the v2.0 Alpha release of its core automation firmware code. The release brings a real-world capable platform that boasts flexibility and scalability. “This release will provide extended capabilities to urban farms and hydroponic growers.” stated HAPI founder Tyler Reed. “The version 1 code was pretty experimental and it took a fair bit of end-user techno-savvy to get it to tick. This version is much easier to work with.” The v2.0 improves the maturity of the overall technical platform. It includes a number of features that extend its usability and make HAPI systems easy to implement. This release is targeted at a technical user-base and does require some basic knowledge of Arduino technology to implement.
- Built-in Support for temperature and humidity sensors (DHT-22, DS18B20, thermistors)
- Built-in Level Control Library (simplifies controlling water, temperature, humidity, etc.)
- Expanded Communications Support including Cellular, Ethernet, WiFi and USB
- Built-in Support for level sensors (Milone, HAPI DIY)
- Default State Management (Initial states for pumps, lights and other assets are user-managed)
- Robust Command Language allows manual control of automated assets
- Easily Customized and Extended
Release v2.0 sets the foundation for a number of advanced capabilities will be rolled out over 2015. These include AI-based power management and automated control of growing environments based on crop type. The new version of the automation firmware code is available on from the HAPI SourceForge repository. Additions to the code base are being rolled out through the end of January 2015.
HAPI is an open source software and design project and everyone is encouraged to participate. Our goal is to create useful tools that transform the food system and make advanced food production and processing technologies available and accessible for everyone.