FarmBot Express and Express XL customers,
By now most if not all of you have received your order and have started setting up your new FarmBot. While your hardware is 100% ready to go, our software to support it is still being finalized. Here is the good news: right out of the box you should be able to boot your FarmBot up, connect it to the internet and your web account, and begin using it to plant seeds, water, weed, and do FarmBot’s usual tasks.
What’s still in-progress is support for the stall detection capabilities of the new stepper motor drivers included with your electronics board. Because stall detection is not yet fully supported by our firmware, your FarmBot will not yet be able to automatically calibrate its axes, automatically find the home position, or detect when it has stalled. For now, the setting to enable stall detection should be disabled in your web app account.
Again, your FarmBot will work just fine and be able to take care of a garden even without stall detection enabled.
That being said, it is our team’s priority right now to finalize support for stall detection so we can unlock your FarmBot’s full potential. When the new firmware is ready, we’ll send out an announcement.
We thank you for your patience as we work hard to deliver 100% open-source hardware and software. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out. Thank you!