Santa Clara, California based start up Plaid Systems is currently raising money on Kickstarter to finish development of Eve and Adam, a new connected home irrigation system that taps into the SmartThings platform to help water yards and gardens more efficiently.
This new product is, on the surface at least, similar to the previously announced Droplet intelligent sprinkler system, and perhaps not as ambitious as the nutrient-sensing Edyn smart watering system. In this case, "Eve" referrs to the system's main controller, which handles the load of connecting to SmartThings to acceess the weather forecast from the Internet. Plaid Systems says, "If rain is forecasted, Eve might skip watering. For high temperatures, Eve may water a little extra - all depending on current conditions in your yard."
Eve is connected to the sprinkler system in a home's yard. It can also connect to up to 16 "Adam" wireless moisture sensors that are each pushed in the yard itself. The company says, "Use an Adam on each zone and Eve will customize the schedule for each one independently. Or, group multiple zones to an Adam to share the heavy lifting. If you don't have an Adam assigned to a zone, Eve will use landscape type and weather to optimize the settings for that zone."
The end result is that Eve and Adam should allow for up to 60 percent less water use in a yard and Plaid Systems claims that savings will help pay for the smart irrigation system in as little as a year. Plaid Systems is looking to raise $75,000 on Kickstarter to help finish development and a donation of $160 will get the user an Eve 16 zone controller and one Adam sensor. Shipments of the devices are supposed to begin in March 2015.
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Source: Eve on Kickstarter