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.

Firmware Features:

  • 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.

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