Week of May 16th Update
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.
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.