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viRaCube... we bring smart home into your garden (Canceled)

viRaCube is the first automatic garden watering system that finds the optimal water volume when watering your garden.

viRaCube... we bring smart home into your garden (Canceled)

viRaCube is the first automatic garden watering system that finds the optimal water volume when watering your garden.

€14,948
pledged of €50,000pledged of €50,000 goal
37
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Oct 1 2016
Last updated October 1, 2016

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Smart is more than „controlled by a smartphone“


Smart means your system makes your life easier. It means your system works automatically without any necessary interaction. 

Examples:
If your gras is too dry, your system automatically starts your irrigation - without any interaction.

If your garden door is open, your irrigation should not start automatically.

The system takes over your work

 
  • Works with 3 components: a Cube (light), valves and sensors
  • Fully automatically
  • Wireless
  • Solar powered / without batteries
  • Made in the EU / Austria

The sensor measures the current conditions of your plants, like soil moisture, brightness, temperature and humidity. These values are necessary for the Cube to determine the necessity of water supply. Based on this information and our patent pending algorithm, the Cube automatically starts or stops the irrigation, without any interactions from your side. It automatically adapts to the weather conditions. Even if it is hot like in the desert or raining all the time, the valve provides the optimal regulation of water supply.

Sustainability represents one of the essential factors of viRaCube, therefore all outdoor installations are powered by solar energy. Thus viRaCube contributes to avoid battery waste.

By the use of an app it is possible to check the state of your garden at any time and adapt your irrigation system. Additionally notifications provide a permanent overview of your own greenery.

viRaCube brings smart home into your own garden and automates your garden watering system.

Our own smartphone app (Android, iOS & Windows mobile)

3rd party: guhIO, Qivicon, OpenHAB, IFTTT, Naon

Depending on Feedback/requests: Apple Homekit

 

 

 

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The Cube is an innovative technology for garden irrigation. It is brain of the system. Each sensor value is transmitted wirelessly to the cube and stored inside. If you decide to use our cloud connection it is the link to the internet and can be accessed worldwide with your smartphone, otherwise the Cube works without internet connection in your local network. 

For those of you, who do not need the display and Wifi, there is the possibility to buy the Cube light instead of the Cube.

An API for other smart home server will be provided.

  • BRAIN OF THE SYSTEM
    Collects and combines all sensor values and your restrictions. Based on this information it decides when to irrigate your plants and flowers. 
  • GATEWAY TO THE INTERNET
    The connection between your garden, our cloud and your smartphone is established using WiFi or LAN cable. 
  • LOCAL DATA STORAGE - WORKS OFFLINEviRaCube works without active internet connection. All necessary data are stored locally.

 

 

The Valve controls the optimal water flow – buried in the soil or mounted directly to the water faucet.

  • ONE VALVE IS LINKED TO ONE SENSORNecessary amount of water is determined directly at your plants. 
  • WORKS ENERGY INDEPENDET, BECAUSE OF SOLAR ENERGY
    You do not have to change batteries anymore. Only a few hours of sunlight per month are necessary for continuous operation.
  • NO CABLES NEEDEDWireless radio connection allows you to get rid of cables lying around in your garden.

 

 

 

 

 

The Sensor combines high-tech and elegance. It ensures that plants are only watered when they actually need it.

  • KNOWS EVERYTHING YOU NEED
    Measures soil moisture, temperature, humidity and brightness to provide all necessary information for beautiful flowers and vegetables.

  • WORKS ENERGY INDEPENDET, BECAUSE OF SOLAR ENERGY You do not have to change batteries anymore. Only a few hours of sunlight per month are necessary for continuous operation. 

  • NO CABLES NEEDED
    Wireless radio connection allows you to get rid of cables lying around in your garden.

 

 

 

The rain sensor automatically stops irrigation if it starts to rain. Without this sensor irrigation will stop when soil is wet enough. But in the meanwhile irrigation may be running during rain.

 

  

 

   

 

  • No waste of batteries
  • You don't have to run any meters of cables
  • 0 hours of effort will be needed
  • 0 concerns about garden watering

 

 

Who knows to enjoy the luxury of a Smart Home appreciates a Smart Garden even more. The range of it, however, is negligible and without an unfortunate accident, the idea to viRaCube would have probably never been born. In July 2015 the partner in life of founder Roland has torn her cruciate ligament. When Roland came home one evening it was raining in streams but the irrigation system continued working, For a simple reason: His girlfriend was on crutches, not able to enter the garden and thus the irrigation system was working despite the rain. At that time Roland was able to remote control everything possible inside his house but the garden has been left out. Why? There simply was no suitable solution for it. This was the first impulse to think about a Smart Garden system and therefore viRaCube. And the thought did not let go of him.

 

 

 

Two months later there were initial discussions and ideas with co-founder Alexander who is right now responsible for all technical things. Equally swift as the idea was born the first success could be recorded. In November of the same year viRaCube won the price „early stage overall winner“ at StartUp Live.

  

 

Roland is an expert in developing sales campaigns and can look back on many years of experience in Sales. At viRaCube the sustainability of the enterprise is of special concern for him.


Alexander has been fascinated by technology since he was a child and has always worked in this field. At viRaCube he has found the perfect balance between his passion for technology and his fervour for gardening. Here he is responsible for the development of the prototype.

 

 

If you have any questions, we are here to help. You can reach us at office@viracube.com

 

We want to thank everyone who made this campaign possible: Bianca Fellinger, Renata Fourmanova, Alex Kucera, Mario Pampel, Silvio Pauli, Jörg Reifmesser, Nikolas Rein, Pierre Rubant, Niklas Springer 

 

 

Risks and challenges

viRaCube is still in development and certain functionality may change or be delayed due to unforeseen circumstances. However, the design will allow owners to upgrade the viRaCube using firmware downloads and we will do our best to include any delayed features in these upgrades. The specification shown herein is accurate to the best of our knowledge but again this may change. The viRaCube engineering design is at the prototype stage, and moving it to production will incur risks. We will use off-shore manufacturing partners to:
1. Make and assemble all the PCBs
2. Make all injection moulded plastic parts
3. Assemble and functionally test the hardware

Problems in any of these will cause delays in manufacturing the final product, and hence delay shipping to customers. In mitigation, we have conscientious evaluated and we will personally supervise key stages of the manufacturing at each site.
Our product must meet FCC, CE and other regulatory standards before shipping. Fundamental modifications may be required to the design of the circuits and PCBs, or certain electronic parts be added, replaced or removed from the design, to achieve compliance. At best this would cause delays in shipping; at worst it may require a complete re-design.

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    Thank you very much for your support in our mission to make gardens smarter!

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    Early bird - viRaCube light + 1 area

    Start package to bring smart home into your garden. Includes one viRaCube light (viRaCube without display and WiFi), one valve and one sensor. Please remark if you need a viRaTube or viRaBox.

    Will retail for: 399 €
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    Start package to bring smart home into your garden. Includes one viRaCube light (viRaCube without display and WiFi), one valve and one sensor. Please remark if you need a viRaTube or viRaBox.

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    Early bird - viRaCube light + 2 areas

    Start package to bring smart home into your garden. Includes one viRaCube light (viRaCube without display and WiFi), one viRaBox with two valves and two sensors.

    Will retail for: 519 €
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    Early bird - viRaCube + 1 area

    Start package to bring smart home into your garden. Includes one viRaCube, one valve and one sensor. Please remark if you need a viRaTube or viRaBox.

    Will retail for: 549 €
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    Garden complete

    This package includes everything you need for a smart and beautiful garden.
    It consists of:
    * One viRaCube
    * One rain sensor
    * Two viRaBox for a total of four irrigation areas
    * Four moisture sensors

    Will retail for: 1177 €
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    Meet the founders

    Exclusive meet & greet with the founders of viRaCube. You will be invited to visit us in Vienna. We are going to show you our workplace, production site and the beautiful city of Vienna in Winter.
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