Pioreactor dev log #12

Pioreactor dev log #12

💅 This past week we've done two site redesigns! The first is what you are seeing now - more "purpler", and gives a better impression of our features and better explains how the Pioreactor works.

The second redesign is of our documentation site. It's powered by the really cool documentation library, docusaurus, and hosted on Github pages. There's still lots of work to do on it, but there's probably double the content there now (and it's more rich content) than what we had on Shopify before (btw this is a Shopify site). 

Finally, our cofounder Evan goes on paternity leave this week! He'll be off for three months, so expect a slight slow down in output, but we are still on track for a first-half of 2022 launch. 

Pioreactor dev blog #11 - creating custom Raspberry Pi images

Pioreactor dev blog #11 - creating custom Raspberry Pi images
We care a lot about onboarding. I've seen enough Raspberry Pi projects that seem to require deep experience in software compilers and package management (don't worry if you don't know what those are...) before you can get started. This is an immediate barrier to your project! From a "funnel" perspective, you may end up losing up a large fraction of your users just at this stage. Can we do better?

Pioreactor dev blog #10 - happy little algae

10ml algae samples
Algae have a very different set of living conditions compared to other organisms that we have tested in the Pioreactor. Algae require both light and CO₂ to grow. We had the foresight to think of algae's unique growing requirements during development, hence the Pioreactor has additional pockets for LEDs in the main body. When these pockets are occupied by white-light LEDs, the Pioreactor turns from a bioreactor into a photo-bioreactor. 

Pioreactor development blog #9

Pioreactor development blog #9
Optics again! This time we are discussing LEDs performance in different environments, and a major optics change to the Pioreactor.

Pioreactor development log #8

Pioreactor development log #8
The role of stirring in the Pioreactor is important for a few reasons: i) it allows for modest gas exchange between the media and the air, ii) more importantly: it creates a homogenous environment for microbes and nutrients alike. This last point also means that our optical signals won't vary spatially - something that would make the whole system much more complicated.