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!