by Brent Dirks
June 4, 2014
Even watering the lawn has gotten a lot smarter, and app-enabled, thanks to the new Iro Smart Sprinkler Controller from Rachio. With a built-in Wi-Fi connection, the Iro can automatically adjust to weather conditions and the season to use as little water as possible and still give you a nice looking yard. Here’s a quick video. Click here if you can’t see it. And with the companion iOS app, users can create a watering schedule based on location and take into account regional characteristics and restrictions. The app also helps adjust to different soil types. Here in Texas, we’re still mired in a massive drought, and many cities have tough watering restrictions. I can definitely see something like this helping many homeowners find a balance between conserving water and actually keeping their lawn alive this summer. The smart sprinkler controller retails for $249 and can be purchased at Home Depot or Rachio’s site now. Just to note, you will have to replace your old sprinkler control unit to use the Iro, but Rachio said the process is quick and easy. For other recent accessory news and reviews, see: The Razer Junglecat Looks Like An Awesome iOS Game Controller, This Week In Accessories: Belkin Car Charge + Navigation Mount And More, and Apple’s ‘iWatch’ Can Only Be Superior To The Cogito Pop Smart Watch.