CloudRain turns your garden smart

CloudRain Wants to Take the Smart Home Outside and Into Your Garden

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

If you’re like me and aren’t anywhere close to having a green thumb, gardening is the last thing you want to think about. But a startup based in Dusseldorf, Germany is hoping that their new CloudRain system can change our minds by expanding the growing smart home trend outside and into your yard so that everyone can enjoy the benefits of a garden without all of the guesswork.

CloudRain is a device that attaches to your standard outdoor water spigot, intelligently controlling your sprinkler or irrigation system to water only when it is necessary for the plants or garden you are attempting to grow.

While automated irrigation systems have been around for years, they are often quite limited and require the user to program when the system needs to run. With CloudRain, the device and its accompanying app do most of the work for you by tapping into your local environment, combining future and historical weather data to evaluate and dynamically adjust the watering schedule.

Precipitation Intensity, Precipitation Probability, Temperature, Humidity, Windspeed and Cloud Cover are the six main parameters that the CloudRain Adaptive Watering algorithm considers when planning out your watering schedule.

CloudRain is currently looking for backers on Kickstarter to bring the device to market this summer. With 16 days left to go in its campaign, CloudRain is almost fully funded with only €2,000 left to raise of its €20,000 goal. Check out the Kickstarter page for even more details and to grab an early bird deal on a CloudRain system of your own.

 

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Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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