Let’s face it, not only can watering your lawn can be a hassle, it can often times be a waste of resources as well. Luckily, Dallas-based startup Sprinkl has developed a smarter way to automate lawn sprinklers capable of reducing water usage by up to 50%. Not only is it great for your water bill, but is surely good news for drought-ridden homeowners throughout the country.
The innovative system is comprised of a patent-pending controller and multiple sensor units. Each weatherproof wireless sensor unit relays soil measurements back to the controller using a power-efficient 802.15.4 mesh network — driven by an ATmega256RFR2 — where additional information, such as local watering restrictions, is used to determine per-zone watering schedules.
Sprinkl is built on the Android OS, runs on a 1GHz processor and can even last seven years on a single lithium battery. Equipped with a capacitive touchscreen, the team stuck on some valve controls, enabling the system to command separate zones. Currently, Sprinkl comes in both 8- and 16-zone packages.
Furthermore, the smart irrigation system is also Wi-Fi enabled, meaning that it can pull weather forecasts and water conservation schedules directly from the cloud. Once watering and soil measurements are uploaded, homeowners can easily plot the data in their web browsers. Think of it of as a Nest thermostat for your lawn. Based on the sensors’ readings, the controller determines just the right amount of water to distribute.
According to our friends at PubNub, Sprinkl needed a real-time infrastructure to power their mobile API integration layers with their cloud system to ensure that its cloud and mobile apps were up-to-date based on any changes happening on a user’s controller. In order to achieve just that, Sprinkl seamlessly implemented the PubNub Data Stream Network, significantly reducing development time, as well as development complexity for their real-time backend.
“The Internet is at turning point in the home. Lighting and HVAC controllers have really evolved over the past four years, but irrigation and lawn care technology have been lagging behind,” explained Noel Geren, Managing Member of Sprinkl. “With Sprinkl we wanted to bring an evolutionary product to market; a gorgeous and extensible Android touch based controller that can automatically determine how much water to use per-zone, saving up to 50% on monthly watering bills and preserving earth’s precious resources.
Sprinkl is an ideal alternative for those looking for a smarter, more intuitive watering system for their lawns and landscapes. Interested in learning more? Head over to its official website here.