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Horto domi is an open-source raised-bed beyond-organic garden platform with automation and web-interface capability with Arduino.
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Outer Babylon

263 backers pledged $11,510 to help bring this project to life.

Recent updates

Open Documentation Published!

Great news! Horto domi v.3 manufacture and assembly instructions are now posted in the Open Documentation section on Hortodomi.com. We hope you like the videos, images and written instructions provided. The CAD documentation is nearing completion and will likely be posted within a couple of weeks if not sooner.

Production of the pledge reward Construction Cards and DVDs has begun and we will be requesting contributors’ addresses shortly. We recognize there has been a considerable delay in the production of these materials, and we apologize, but we believe the numerous upgrades provided in v.3 are well worth the wait.

Thanks again for all of your support, and please leave us your feedback, both here and in the various comment sections at Hortodomi.com.


Outer Babylon
Will Bratton
Sam Bagot

Hello Community,

It has been months since our last update, and there is so much to share!

We successfully hosted our Electronics Box Manufacturing Workshop in San Marcos, allowing members of the community (mostly students from Texas State University) the opportunity to get hands on experience in the process. For many it was their first time to use a soldering iron, and we were very pleased to introduce them. Conversation about health and independence was exchanged over piles of electronic components for hours. We had a great time.

We subsequently delivered the completed electronics boxes to the members of our Kickstarter community that had selected them as pledge rewards. We look forward to feedback on their implementation, and again, we thank them for their support, as it wouldn’t have been possible without them.

We deeply apologize for the delay in publishing and distributing the documentation and media, particularly the construction cards, and the instructional DVDs. This part of the process has taken much longer than expected, but I can’t express enough how pleased we are with the quality of work that is being produced. Attached is an example of Version 1 of the Worm Bed. This is only a draft, and not the final product. I just wanted to show an example of what is being produced. Please bear with us, as we believe you will be as excited about Version 3 of Horto domi as we have been.

So as not to keep you all completely uninformed, there have been a number of unforeseeable events that have transpired over the past 3-4 months in Sam and I’s private lives. Sam had an unfortunate motorcycle collision with a whitetail deer. While the deer did not survive, Sam has been doing exceedingly well in his speedy recovery. Also, in the past 3-4 months, I have become engaged, as well as happily married. While these events are no excuse for our delay, we hope they might serve to explain a small portion of the cause. We are working diligently to satisfy our obligations and objectives, and again, we hope you will bear with us just a short time longer.

Also, we had the privilege of being published by Wired Magazine in Italy a little less than a month ago. This has been one of my favorite articles to date (even with their changing my name to Bill), because I feel they really captured the idea, intent, and some of the underlying motivations of the project. Thanks Wired [Italy]!


And Thanks Again Kickstarter Community!

Will Bratton
Outer Babylon
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Slashdot Coverage

Hey Kickstarter Community!

We wanted to share our recent coverage on Slashdot.org, and send out a Huge Thanks to Tim Lord for the interview, Robin Miller for the video, and everybody else down at Slashdot as well. Thanks Guys!

http://tech.slashdot.org/story/12/10/11/2334239/prefab-greenhouse--ardunio-controls--automated-agriculture-video

Also, we're looking forward to hosting a Horto domi Electronics Box Workshop this weekend in San Marcos. This will give those who are interested in the area an opportunity to get some hands on experience with electronics and wiring. We are really looking forward to helping a number of people get past those initial soldering inhibitions. Of course, we intend to film the event, and post the highlights as an update.

Like everyone else, we can't wait to have all the open documentation published online. We apologize for the delay. The Instructional DVD is well into the production phase, as well as the CAD documentation and Construction Card. All of which have far exceeded our expectations, and we hope this will ameliorate any discontent in their delayed release and distribution.

Hope you enjoy the Slashdot coverage, and we'll keep you up to date on any further developments or events. Thanks again,

Outer Babylon
Sam Bagot
Will Bratton

Hey Kickstarter Community!

Hey Kickstarter Community!

We’ve been wrangling on a number of fronts, and apologize for our delays in updating. All the pieces are fitting together nicely, just not in the order we’d assumed and hoped. Our Hardware production is moving much faster than out Media production (as media is neither of our specialties), so our Hardware pledges that were set to go out in November will actually be read
y to go out by September. However, our Media pledges, Construction Cards & DVDs, that were set for distribution in September actually won’t be available until November. Of course we apologize whole-heartedly for this. We have completed the entire filming process and are well into the production phase of the DVD. Thad Getterman, of Broken Sidewalk Farm, will be producing the DVD. Here is a link to a recent trailer and update video he produced for both the Kickstarter Community, as well as for an interview we had with Le Monda, France’s Newspaper of Record. We were honored by the coverage, and hope you find interest in it as well. Again, we apologize for the switch in pledge delivery months, and hope everyone understands, because like we said, all the pieces are coming together very nicely, and we are certain you will be pleased, even with the wait.

Thanks Again for All Your Support!!!

Outer Babylon
Sam Bagot
Will Bratton

Update to the electronics package

Hey all, this is Sam from OuterBabylon. The Horto Domi smart garden project is coming along well. This video is an update video that I made after creating the version three of the electronics box for our smart garden project. This version is much cleaner than the first two revisions of the electronics unit and will be the version that we publish in our video DVD and open documentation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yoAKBKukuI