GrowBot Status – April 20th 2018

Happy Friday!

We had two deliveries last week …

Two GrowBots in the truck on the way to be delivered.

Two interruptions one was awesome and one is unfortunate..

Our first small but great interruption when building the latest batch of GrowBots. We got a prototype GrowBot Control Board(GCB) to test. The tests went great all the core functions worked perfectly and some extra features appear to be viable once we repair the prototype GCB. FYI: It is not uncommon for prototypes to fail during testing :-). We are very excited about how well the tests went.  Huge thanks to Filipe our electronics engineer and several more hats!

The second interruption is the rain we need to paint the GrowBot frames and we do that outside. Recently we have had uncommonly heavy rains and thunderstorms so much that we had to stop work and help neighbors.

Today we will get back to building this latest batch of GrowBots. Many thanks for your patience!

GrowBot Status – April 6th 2018

We delivered a GrowBot about 10 days ago and it’s been working great but we did notice one error in the way it was logging watering data. We were able to isolate the logging error and fix it as well as increase the add water performance.

Rain is still slowing us down. I have two GrowBots that should be delivered in the next few days and we started building five more GrowBots. These next five should get finished and be delivered much more quickly than the first three as we learn more and refine our delivery process.

Lots of Rain on our Outdoor Hydroponic Gardens – GrowBot!

The GrowBots(hydroponic automated gardens for home use) with new case covers and pressure equalization update have been thoroughly rain tested for the last 6 days.  Did another physical inspection this morning after a many hard rains last night and early this morning and I am happy to report all is well.

As soon as things dry out we will start delivering GrowBots again.

 

GrowBots Status

Presently I have all the parts for all the Kauai GrowBot owners and all the solar panels for the remaining GrowBot owners on the US mainland.

Electronics and Software is all working very well we fixed the last known bug several weeks ago. The only thing we need to fix before we start delivering the Kauai GrowBots is a condensation issue.

The latest RPI and camera waterproof case.

For those people that know me well .. 🙂 You know I am not content with one method fixes aka I like backups .. and really I love backups on top of backups on top of backups.

So we are engineering multiple anti-condensation methods into the design and testing them.

You might ask .. why this glitch now? The answer is we have rarely had the machines so well sealed and also last so long.  It’s actually a great problem to have and we are glad we noticed it before delivering. We do greatly appreciate your continued patience.

Our Site Now Has a Menu!

We have added many of the pages we had talked about in the last post! Still quite a few to go … but good solid progress.

GrowBot parts for Kauai residents have been delivered.  I found one glitch in the feeding algorithm that we fixed and re-added in one of the final code pieces. That final piece is a kind of a ‘catchall’ program that will put the GrowBot to sleep if it gets to caught up in a task. That sleep program is .. well it’s just like our own need to sleep :-).  The reason we had to re-add the sleep code was because it makes testing really tricky so we remove it when we are doing dev work.

 

Lots of New Content Coming Up

As we are steadily refining manufacturing and optimizing the hardware and software we are also creating content. Here is our list of topics so far.

  • How GrowBot works
  • Why
  • Our ideas for making an incredible company.
  • About
  • Who we are
  • Social Investors
  • Purchasing
  • Goals
  • Benefits
  • How to’s .. such as planting and harvesting
  • Employees
  • Smart Life
  • Setup  and Installation
  • GrowBot Requirements

 

 

An Abridged Response to One of Our Clients

GrowBots are doing great. So great I bought 100 of the core component(a custom solar panel) and am steadily building GrowBots.

Mid February I had planned to be in SF Bay Area for Chinese New Year and then to build and ship all the GrowBots to the owners on the mainland.

As long as all the components arrive on time that date is still possible otherwise it will be pushed back till all the components are on hand.

You can check out: http://old.dwalliance.com/robot_pictures/?C=M;O=D

To see pictures uploaded daily from production machines and ones that are being built.

And…. here is a pic of a partially assembled power and control system internals …