With this winter set to be the wettest for 30 years, you might not be thinking about a sprinkler just yet. But come summer, this smart controller could save you a bundle on water bills.
It uses weather forecasts to adjust how much water it sprays onto your lawn. If it's rained – or is going to rain – it'll use less water, which will save you money, and preserve the earth's resources.
Not only that, it can vary how it waters based on what's growing in your garden, too. Tell it what kind of plants you've got, and it'll customise the correct water schedule for each type. Genius.
You can set up 'zones' in your garden, like you would with the Sonos system for music. You can name each zone, take a photo of them to remind yourself which is which, and set them going as and when. You control it all from the mobile app, so you can start and stop from anywhere in the world with an internet connection.
The system consists of the Blossom Controller, which hooks up to the cloud infrastructure and works out how much watering is needed, the Bridge, which connects to your home router and lets the Controller connect to it wirelessly, and the app, which is available for iOS and Android, and lets you control the whole system from your mobile, tablet, or computer.
It could do for the garden what Nest has done for the home. It's fast approaching its $30,000 funding goal on Kickstarter, and should start shipping early next year.