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IoT Sprinkler Taps the Cloud

3/31/2014 09:00 AM EDT
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MeasurementBlues
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MeasurementBlues   4/1/2014 9:32:42 PM
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Not only is it a solution in need of a problem, but it's yet another device that hackers will use to infiltrate your network.

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zeeglen   3/31/2014 10:26:46 PM
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Long ago the Heathkit Company made a freebie starter kit - a long pointy pcb probe that one stuck into the soil of a potted plant to determine its conductivity and need for water.

Do we really need the IoT to determine soil conductivity the hard way?  Sounds like a solution in desperate search of a problem - and profit...

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daleste   3/31/2014 9:55:07 PM
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Not only would you need so many, but I would also need it to only run once every two weeks since we are in a drought and have watering restrictions.  I guess the idea of this article is not this product but to showcase an application to spark other ideas.

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TarraTarra!   3/31/2014 5:03:24 PM
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$299 for one sprinker head is very expensive. I would need at least 6 of these for my yard and I don't see myself spending that much. I wonder if they would be able to control costs by using a z-wave controller and the sprinkler as a plain z-wave device. The cost of the wifi, pi subsytems is likely to be the major part of the bom cost.

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AZskibum   3/31/2014 4:48:10 PM
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A very clever idea, but I wonder how they plan to address the range limitation of WiFi, especially as they branch out to address the watering needs of commercial farming.

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prabhakar_deosthali   3/31/2014 11:24:24 AM
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A very samrt idea indded!

Alongwith the weather and soil data if a specified plant's watering requirements are also available from the cloud then it can really become a smart watering option.

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In the backyard
rick merritt   3/31/2014 10:21:05 AM
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Anyone else tapped into this application?

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