Mist tracks data in real-time and optimizes irrigation for each part of your yard while using up to 50% less water.
As seemingly everything inside of our homes are becoming automated, shouldn’t our yards be as well? While having a perfectly manicured, lush green lawn is a dream to just about everyone, only some are willing to put in the effort required. Not to mention, full-time jobs and other obligations tend to get in the way. Fortunately, one Redwood City-based startup has devised what they’re billing as the “world’s smartest sprinkler system,” which will do all of the handwork for you.
Mist is comprised of a 16-zone sprinkler controller with up to 50 easy-to-use sensors that can be spread throughout your property. These sensors are capable of tracking an assortment of real-time data, including soil moisture, sun intensity and temperature, and automatically optimizing irrigation for each part of your yard with up to 50% less water. Meaning, not only will it make your grass greener, it’ll keep more green in your wallets as well.
The information collected by each sensor is streamed wirelessly to the controller, which then combines the data with weather forecasts and user preferences to determine the optimal time and location to replenish the lawn. On top of that, keeping tabs on soil moisture allows Mist to hydrate the grass just enough, eliminating any possibility of ever overwatering.
For those of us in drought-riden areas like California, Mist applies the minimum amount of H2) necessary in order to keep selected non-tolerant plants alive during such difficult times. Oppositely, should it rain, the irrigation system will know to keep the sprinklers off for days.
Mist works by connecting to any standard 24VAC in-ground sprinkler systems and an accompanying mobile app, which lets you easily monitor and manage from after. The app provides you with full control over all the functions of your sprinklers, including manually turning on/off zones, setting restricted days and hours to avoid watering, and configuring advanced customizations. And designed with smart home compatibility in mind, Mist will integrate with many of today’s most popular platforms like Nest, HomeKit and SmartThings, to name a few.
The controller links to home Wi-Fi network to enable remote control from the Mist app as well as integration with third-party services, such as weather. Each of the sensors are waterproof and thermal-insulated, and are made of high UV and impact-resistant plastic to withstand the elements for years. What’s more, they are solar-powered and feature a rechargeable LiFePO4 battery, as well as employ long-range, low-power wireless technology that can span over one mile in a direct line-of-sight.
Need some help with your lawn? Head over to Mist’s Indiegogo page, where the team is currently seeking $45,000. Units are expected to begin shipping in February 2016.