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Startups

The smart garden waters itself

The chore of constantly watering the garden on warm summer days may soon be a thing of the past: a startup from Düsseldorf has developed a system that allows the garden to water itself via an app.

02 May. 2018 Roland Freist
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The company CloudRain's irrigation system is based on local sunshine, wind, as well as temperature and humidity data. An algorithm processes the data into an irrigation plan to ensure that the plants are given precisely the amount of water they need. The heart of the system is a control unit activated and controlled by a free app via WLAN. The app in turn specifies the settings for CloudRain's irrigation valves by radio. According to the company, it has a maximum range of around 300 meters when there is a clear view. Up to six cabled valves can be connected. The valves are operated by solar energy and regulate the amount of water supplied to the plants.

CloudRain launched a kickstarter campaign for the product that quickly surpassed its funding target of 20,000 euros. Supporters can look forward to receiving various starter kits for the CloudRain system, depending on the amount contributed.