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The Sprinkler Online Project
The sprinklers online project is something that I've been thinking about for a while. If you have one of these sprinkler computers in your garage, you probably know that programming them is about as bad as programming your VCR. I have two, and I can't program either one of them.
So the first goal is to get a normal user interface for sprinklers.
Now that it is easy to program your sprinkler using web based technologies, it will be possible to connect localized weather information and your sprinklers together. This would allow to save water, by not activating the sprinklers when it rains. Also, water can be saved by getting reports on the amount of water dispersed. Right now, it's everybody's best guess as to how wet your plants are.
So the second goal is to save water and money and improve the quality of irrigation, even in your lawn.
I'm an avid reader of Circuit Cellar, an electronics hacker magazine. Internet connectivity for simple devices has become cheaper and cheaper. I've bought a Rabbit controller + development kit, that is essentially the same as the controller or computer in your basement, but it can be networked in your home network.
The following connectivity scenario's have been looked at:
Internet: POP email connection
Sprinklers online will open sometime this year.
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