Love ‘em or hate ‘em there’s no denying that America is awash in a sea of verdant green lawns and they’re all thirsty.
With all our crazy weather patterns and changing climate extremes, water conservation has become an important issue in our everyday lives. Andrew Howlett came up with the idea for the Lono app and Sprinkler Controller to allow people the ultimate real-time control of their lawn watering functions. The controller works with either your existing or new sprinkler system.
Lono has wifi, bluetooth, a battery backup, display, snooze button, and slots for up to 20 zones all surrounded by a splash resistant case. Lono is designed to let you control your sprinkler system anywhere, anytime with your smart phone.
Flexibility: Lono makes it easy to adjust your watering levels – dry spots on your lawn can be addressed by increasing the watering in those areas – just open the Lono app and tap up that zone a couple notches. It also sends you notifications and educational tips every so often to help you improve your watering efficiency.
Scheduling: Instead of scheduling each zone for specific times each week, you just tell Lono when it is ok to water. For example: you say it’s ok to water from midnight to 6 am on weekdays and Lono figures out the rest. Lono then schedules each zone depending on what it needs. For example, a drip system may need to be watered longer, or clay soil may need to have the watering times broken up in order to give the water time to soak down into the soil. Smarter watering helps your plants grow deeper roots and saves you water at the same time. The Lono device has a snooze button too, so even if you can’t find your phone you can always turn off the sprinklers.
Water Savings: If you live in a dryer, or drought stricken area of the US you’ve probably experienced water shortages (we even have droughts in Fla.). Lono will help you avoid the urge to over-water your lawn and help you save money – watering suburban lawns can comprise a hefty percentage of many homes’ water bill.
Lono features a bunch of water-saving features, like seasonal adjustment, weather and temperature monitoring, and automated scheduling to ensure that your lawn gets the perfect amount of water year-round. The company estimates that Lono can provide an estimated 22% in water conservation over a traditional sprinkler controller.
Lono is raising money via their current Kickstarter campaign and is looking to ship product in March 2014. Units are expected to retail for $199. Make a Kickstarter donation to get one of the first units available, and depending on how much you kick-in, you may also receive a decent discount on this device.