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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HAPI (Hydroponic Automation Platform Initiative) is an open-source project of the Open Community Development Corporation.