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An open-source, wireless, Internet of Things Greenhouse monitoring and automation system for your farm or garden.
An open-source, wireless, Internet of Things Greenhouse monitoring and automation system for your farm or garden.
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Week of May 16th Update

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Hi Everyone,

I hope this finds you well. As part of our renewed effort to get back on track, we have started an initiative to provide weekly updates to you. We will also be reaching out and asking for your feedback along the way on a variety of topics. Our first opportunity to do this concerns the display on the Base Station.

We're currently looking at two options and your input will help determine which ends up being used.

Option 1) Graphic LCD display -- http://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/NHD-C12832A1Z-NSW-BBW-3V3/NHD-C12832A1Z-NSW-BBW-3V3-ND/2059235 The main drawback to this display is that the display is tiny and may be difficult to read unless you're at arms length, doubly so if you're older or have poor vision. The actual screen size is 36mm (1.42") x 12mm (.47") -- about the size of a large wristwatch. The advantage is, despite its small size it has better support for displaying graphics, with a pixel size half as large as Option 2 and a slightly large pixel count, allowing for greater graphic resolution.

Option 2) Character LCD display 20x4 -- http://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/MOP-AL204A-BYFY-25E-3IN/MOP-AL204A-BYFY-25E-3IN-ND/2052458 (not exact model but very similar) This option can display a total of 80characters, 4 lines of 20. The letters are much larger and more legible from a distance or across the room. The pixel size and the total viewing area is 76mm (2.99") x 25mm(.98") are twice as big on this display, making it easy to get information at a glance while you're tending to your plants.

Ok so let's hear your feedback! I'll be happy to answer any questions you have on the above.

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In other news:

Our new team members, Lorenzo and Bing are now official HarvestGeeks. Bing brings a proven software development team to the table, and Lorenzo runs a commercial chili pepper farm. However, their passion for the project has existed from the beginning. Now focused on bringing this through to completion, they were also backers of the project more than a year ago, who then offered their help and services when we were struggling to move forward.

That's it for now.  Until next week.

Mike

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Comments

    1. Marcus Gaskamp on June 3, 2014

      We're going on week 3 without update.

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      mthicke on May 30, 2014

      lovin' these weekly updates! ;)

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      Dani Colston on May 22, 2014

      Im for option #2 as well.

    4. James Bilodeau on May 20, 2014

      Thanks for the update!
      I vote for #2.

    5. Steffen Häsler on May 19, 2014

      #2 is the better one

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      James Sebok on May 18, 2014

      I Would prefer #2. Thanks for asking.

    7. Daniel de Kock on May 17, 2014

      # 2 please :)
      its also easier to get larger versions / replacements for it if its HD4470 compatible

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      Todd Spraggins on May 16, 2014

      Option 2 with the 4x20 seems to give room for more data so that is my preference

    9. Nathan Kulinitsch on May 16, 2014

      But, #2 since you asked :)

    10. Nathan Kulinitsch on May 16, 2014

      Im not overly fussed as im planning to use the web interface mostly. I'd rather you guys save some $'s on hardware and invest in the api's to make the web interface awesome

    11. Daryl Gest on May 16, 2014

      I don't remember how graphical you were making the interface - that should drive it in my opinion. If it isn't very graphical I vote for the larger.

    12. Matt Byrd on May 16, 2014

      #2 looks like the readability is much better... but that may just be the example graphics they have. simple = better/cheaper/more reliable though.

    13. Scott S. on May 16, 2014

      I prefer the graphical interface as I can see more potential in that than a standard text readout - such as graphic representations of plant health, soil pH, moisture level, and anything else. With the text display, there is only 1 way to display info - as text.

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      Robert Duenner on May 16, 2014

      I lIke the more colorful green readout.

    15. Jason Hardebeck on May 16, 2014

      My vote is for #2. I don't see graphic capability as a must have, and like the idea of being able to display either more data or larger fonts.