The Move Towards Manufacturing

December 3, 2015

IMG_5331The first prototype of the Personal Food Computer has served us well, but we’re on our way towards developing a Version 2 that can be manufactured and sold in easy-to-build kits.

The first prototype version of the Personal Food Computer has been a fantastic proof of concept. It has given us a strong understanding of what works and what still needs improvement. For example, the first prototype is still fairly costly to build because all of the products must be bought at full retail value, and still it takes an experienced engineer and coder to build and hack the system to get it running. Our mission is accessibility, so what we need now is a model that can be enjoyed by anyone.

As we make improvements to create Version 2, we are focused on cost, ease of build, and ease of use. We intend for the design to be appropriate for manufacturing and flat packing so that it can be easily shipped and assembled at the lowest possible cost to the consumer. The low-cost, manufactured kits

We are also working to ensure that the user experience is easy and hassle-free. This is particularly relevant for the advancement of our school programs, as we hope that the Personal Food Computer will be a widely used learning tool and we do not want it to be at all a burden on teachers and students who already have many priorities in the classroom setting. We are improving the physical design as well as the systems for tracking and utilizing data.

With the newest version of the Personal Food Computer we aim to greatly increase the number of users who have access to this technology. We can’t wait to share our work so that more people can begin and share theirs!

{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

Saeid December 16, 2015 at 8:56 pm

I really appreciate this project. Open source and something real! That is fascinating! I download documentation from the Github and trying to build my food personal computer. Keep going dudes


Alex March 11, 2016 at 3:44 pm

I learned of the food computer watching TED talks and immediately thought “I have to build this!!” Amazing project, keep working on it 😀


mark paralovos March 11, 2016 at 8:17 pm

Saw this on TED recently. Looking forward to version 2! Offering to be an early tester! Very awesome tech!


IRichard Leong March 15, 2016 at 6:22 pm

Love your project. Would like to know where I can get the open source software and info so I can start building food computer.


Loreen March 16, 2016 at 8:49 pm

I am so excited about the implication of your work and cant wait to get a V2 personal food computer for myself.


Paolo Colonnello March 16, 2016 at 11:18 pm

Thats great! can’t wait! do you have an estimated date for V2?


Paul Coman March 17, 2016 at 5:24 pm

I really can’t wait to get my hands on one of the new generation food computers. Keep up the great work guys, you are changing everything!


Vitor Faria Tomaz March 25, 2016 at 3:11 pm

Awesome work guys! looking forward to version 2


Ajay Soni March 26, 2016 at 1:02 am

Wow! Just saw TED video. Amazing concept. Can’t wait to be PFC-V2’s early tester.


Michel Cevzar March 28, 2016 at 2:29 pm

Great project, please keep it open source :) where can we donate?


selva kumar vr March 30, 2016 at 12:58 am

To make it warehouse level production, can any please provide some details? Like, what it would cost to build a warehouse and start growing?


Eric Pritchett March 30, 2016 at 9:40 pm

If you’re aiming for the assembly to be simpler some sort of snap design like would be awesome and would reduce the amount of parts needed.


Ian Barnes April 1, 2016 at 10:30 am

Absolutely genius! Finally a group who realises the potential of the human mind as a collective and actively using this information to better us as a species. Bravo, please continue this brilliance.


Raj Penemetsa April 3, 2016 at 12:05 pm

Dear Mr. Harper
I saw your TED talk and was very impressed with you vision. Kudos to you. I am a retired IT professional and volunteering at Rutgers gardens. Very interested in learning the process and spread the idea. Is it possible to visit your center and spend some time with your crew.

Thank you


Dennis G Daniels April 3, 2016 at 4:07 pm

It would be great if there was kind of tie in with V2 with the tools people can find in fab labs!


Raul Tapia Jr. April 6, 2016 at 3:29 am

Being in the food industry, I understand the carbon footprint that is left behind by our industry for transportation. Once the warehouse model is available I will definitely want to go in that direction.

In the meantime, can’t 3D printing be incorporated to make some of the materials for the personal food computer?

Great idea! Keep up the great work!


Ricardo Magalhaes April 6, 2016 at 11:50 am

Hello, any idea of how much will be the low cost (10, 100, 500, 1000…)?
Thank you.


Darin Codon April 12, 2016 at 9:10 am

How long until the specs are released ?


Robert April 14, 2016 at 11:53 am

Has what point is the development of the new version Food Personal Computer?
As yet to have detailed technical documents with which to build a prototype?
Thanks in advance


Oscar April 21, 2016 at 11:55 am

Keep up the great work – would love to be an early tester of the V2!


Zowie April 25, 2016 at 9:28 am

What’s the status of PFC version 2 now? Can’t wait for it to be released. Maybe can give us some heads up?


Frederick Murga April 27, 2016 at 11:42 pm

Please send us an update of version 2. I am interested in bringing this project to the kids in our community


Jake Roth May 12, 2016 at 6:36 am

I am a Montessori middle-school math/science teacher eager to introduce Personal Food Computers to my students next year, to learn with them, and to see where they go!


Eduard May 19, 2016 at 11:55 am

Hey I just watch Ted and I want a food computer!
I am waiting for version 2.
Nice greetings from Germany.


inspire May 21, 2016 at 2:28 am

i would love to be a part of you


Mike June 3, 2016 at 6:04 pm

So I was wondering if the Food Computer Version 2 was going to be open source? Based on the brief description it appears that it will be and based on that I’m holding off on building one until the information is released in the August/September time frame. I have access to the TechShop here in DC and am looking forward to using the skills I’ve been building there to create my first Food Computer! Thanks! – Mike


anderson titus June 10, 2016 at 1:27 pm

i m really interested in getting on of these pfc. i am even interested in building one of my own but the coding part would be a daunting task for me. is there a simpler way.


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