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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.