Here you'll find a list of HAPI-related commonly asked questions and their answers.

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Our pur­pose is to devel­op a suite of tools that will allow peo­ple to grow a vari­ety of food in diverse envi­ron­ments. Our pri­ma­ry focus is on build­ing intel­li­gent automa­tion for hydro­pon­ics and aquapon­ics. Imag­ine sys­tems in your garage, base­ment or local com­mu­ni­ty cen­ter that can churn out straw­ber­ries and kale, year-round with min­i­mal exper­tise, expense and effort. That’s what we’re shoot­ing for.

Category: Project Vision

Any­one con­cerned with food security.

The project is focused on expand­ing the capa­bil­i­ty for peo­ple to grow food any­where. In the desert, in the arc­tic, in Ohio, in Dubai, in Tanzania.

Category: Project Vision

The HAPI project is an open col­lab­o­ra­tion. It is led by Tyler Reed through his com­pa­ny Maya Cul­pa, but every­one is wel­come to par­tic­i­pate. The Intel­lec­tu­al Prop­er­ty cre­at­ed through our efforts is copy­right­ed by Maya Cul­pa and then released under Open Source licens­es. Check this page for details about Open Source.


Category: Project Vision

We’ve pri­mar­i­ly been focused on build­ing automa­tion tools for hydro­pon­ics and aquapon­ics. The goal for the automa­tion effort is to help fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties get high­er yields and bet­ter qual­i­ty food with less cost and effort.

We are also build­ing tools that will help com­mu­ni­ties break through geo­graph­i­cal chal­lenges. For instance, we’ve designed a low-cost, mul­ti-stage water fil­tra­tion sys­tem that will help grow­ers chal­lenged with a scarci­ty of clean water. We’ve also designed a solar ther­mal air heater that will reduce the ener­gy require­ments of food grow­ing facilities.

Category: Project Vision

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It's simple right, we plant a seed, nature grows the seed, we eat the seed.

How farming works (simplified version):

That's a fine plan unless we want to grow food more densely than nature typically allows, or in a season when nature isn't so friendly. Or if we want to grow crops that can't be naturally grown in our specific location because it's too hot, too cold, not enough rain, too much rain etc.

We can use technology to create ideal environments for growing crops. We can provide just the right amount and color of light and the perfect amount of water and nutrients. We can stack hydroponic platforms vertically in order to exponentially increase the amount of food we can grow in a square foot. We can use technology to create environments that allow us to produce food year-round.

Category: Project Vision

The HAPI project is focused on using Open tech­nolo­gies, mean­ing we build our tech­nol­o­gy on top of hard­ware and soft­ware that is Open Source. These cur­rent­ly include Arduino and Rasp­ber­ry Pi hard­ware, along with the Lin­ux oper­at­ing sys­tem, the SQLite data­base sys­tem, the Python pro­gram­ming lan­guage, the git ver­sion con­trol sys­tem and Kan­board project man­age­ment software.

While there are pro­pri­etary tech­nolo­gies (some sen­sors for exam­ple) sup­port­ed by the HAPI tech­nol­o­gy stack, we try to keep this to a minimum.

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HAPI (Hydro­ponic Automa­tion Plat­form Ini­tia­tive) is an open-source project of Maya Culpa, LLC.