Sprinkler systems are just now catching up to the rest of the world’s connected devices, and with a reputation for wasting water resources, it's a tool that lends itself well to monitored automation. The Rachio system accounts for weather seasonal changes to optimize the watering schedule without the need for human input.
It's surprising that sprinkler systems are just now catching up to the rest of the world’s connected devices, but they’re a tool that lend themselves well to monitored automation. (In fact, some cities are now even offering rebates for installing smart irrigation systems to reward water conservation.) Meet the Rachio smart sprinker ($249).
The controller, named Iro, connects to the sprinkler system’s valves, between the water supply and the in-ground nozzles. It installs in the space where the old controller was set up, and with a smartphone, it connects to nearby Wi-Fi.
If you prefer to override the automation program, the whole system can then be controlled from anywhere through its app. You can set the number of minutes for a watering cycle, or pick specific locations to receive extra water.
There are other smart watering systems out there, like Droplet and WaterBee, but the Denver-base Rachio is one of the only options that’s specifically for a home sprinkler system that’s already installed. If drastic weather changes affect your landscape, it’s the most tuned-in system on the market.