The smart irrigation controller that self schedules using your specific lawn and garden conditions and weather forecasts to save water. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on August 13, 2014.
About this project
What is Hydros?
Hydros is a replacement for your existing irrigation controller that, with the help of sensors in the ground and weather forecast, creates the most optimal watering schedule for your grass and plants.
Watering your grass or garden can be quite complex. How much water do you actually need? How do you water if you have sandy versus clay soil? What if you have Zoysia versus Bermuda grass? Each soil and grass type has different watering requirements that change with the weather. But who has the time to learn about each one and adjust the system daily so that your lawn and plants are healthy, but you're not spending a fortune in the process?
Hydros understands and is constantly thinking about your lawn and garden. Compare this to existing irrigation systems, which can only turn on or off.
Hydros doesn't just add wireless scheduling capabilities, it creates an efficient and effective watering schedule designed specifically for your grass and garden, taking the guess work out of lawn care.
Hydros VS. Others
How does Hydros Work?
Hydros determines how best to water your lawn and garden, never over or under watering. It formulates the duration and frequency of when your sprinklers needs to run based on the type and conditions of your grass and soil as well as the weather forecast. Hydros doesn’t stop there though; it constantly takes measurements during the day to check for weather updates and its sensor readings in order to update the schedule.
Each Hydros sensor is associate with one o multiple zones, so in case you have multiple type of grass, plants or soil in your yard, you can place a different sensor in each of these zones in order to get a more accurate irrigation schedule.
Hydros in Action
Hydros sensors work underground, sticking up 1/2" from the ground, making it safe for a lawnmower to run over them.
Hydros ensures that your grass and garden are optimally watered and your wallet delightfully fuller.
Bringing a product to life is not cheap or easy, and since there are many moving pieces we need your help!
We have been working with our team of experts to bring Hydros to life. We have finished with the Application Design and are 75% done with the app coding. The design of Hydros is finalized and on stand-by in case of any changes due to the results of testing.
Even though we have the app and the product ready, we are looking for capital to cover the most expensive areas:
- Tooling for the Hydros Controller
- Tooling for the Hydros Sensor
- Minimum component orders
Based on where we stand currently and where we want to go, we have developed a schedule that will get us ready for production.
Early stages come with a bunch of crazy ideas that were put together in a table and started to make sense.
The Controller Story
Designing the controller wasn't easy, but we knew that :
- Is has to be able to communicate wirelessly to our server and cellphone.
- It has to be easy to install
- It has to be compatible with the majority of the valves on the market. It has to be able to support multiple zones, more than 8 if possible. It has to be able to understand the weather information enough in order to adjust the irrigation schedule. It has to take into consideration the information from the sensors in the ground.
(Pictures of our first prototype printed with our 3D printer)
The controller is powered by Spark devices. It also uses the same power transformers used in today's irrigation controllers.
The Sensor Story
We designed the Hydros sensor to make it very durable, waterproof, energy efficient, easy to insert it into the ground and easy to spot it in the grass. Also, Hydros sensors stick up 1/2" from the ground, making it safe for a lawnmower to run over them.
(Pictures of our first prototype printed with our 3D printer)
The Hydros sensors are powered by Spark devices. They are connected to a 2400mAh battery capable of powering the sensors for 6 months without recharging them. The rechargeable battery can be charged by connecting them to the Hydros controller.
Manuel was born and raised in Argentina. He received a BS in Telecommunications Engineering and has been inventing things since he was 10 years old when made a blinker for his dad’s bike out of toy that he disassembled. Manu is the ‘idea man’ and visionary of the company and has several years experience working in technology consulting and project management.
Pablo, Manu’s brother was born and still lives in Argentina. He followed in his brother’s footsteps and also received a BS in Telecommunications Engineering from Blas Pascal. Pablo is the technical minded of the brothers and is the behind the scenes networker, our resident ‘technical handyman’. Pablo brings several years experience in networking and teaching Cisco technologies.
Christy is from South Carolina and received degrees from Clemson University in Marketing and Spanish. With her experience over the last several years, she brings financial, sales, and marketing strategy to the team. In these early days though, she wears many other hats, ranging from PR specialist to design coordinator.
Alicia Guzman, Director of Design, was born and resides in Argentina. She received a BA in Interior Design, but brings decades of architecture, interior and exterior design to the team. Due to this experience, any prototype or project that requires any sort of design, she is tirelessly involved in. She makes our products reflect our vision for the company, simple, secure, and of course attractive!
We couldn't have done everything without the help of a team of wonderful and talented people. Here are some of the people that helped us build this amazing product. Yanina Fiorillo, App designer , Rodrigo Alvez, App developer, Diego Varangot, App developer, Juan Manuel Ibanez, Electronic Engineer, Scott Childs,Web designer, Dan & Dan Rossborough, Prototyping , Natalia Silvestri, design consultant and Sergio Dovis, Business Consultant.
Risks and challenges
There are always challenges in manufacturing and delivering products on a large scale. Mass manufacturing isn't the same as prototype development, and getting Hydros built on a large scale will be a new challenge for us. There are lots of components that go into Hydros to make it amazing, but luckily, we already have manufacturers lined up that we know and trust. They and our mentors have decades of experience, so we’re confident that with them guiding us through this new phase, that we will be successful.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Hydros works with 24V valves, which is the standard.
That is exactly why we created Hydros. Each sensor is linked to an specific zone, so if your yard have different watering requirements, just install a sensor for each of the special zone. Hydros controller will create a different watering schedule for each of those zones.
Yes, we made Hydros 220V and 110V compatible
The sensors are powered by a rechargeable battery that last the watering season, between 6 to 9 months. It can be charge by just connecting it to the controller.
- (35 days)