This Sprinkler System Knows If It’s Going to Rain
Water scarcity is impacting the entire world, so the thought that 50% of water used for outdoor irrigation is wasted makes us a little sick to our stomachs. Though there are some other cool smart sprinklers on the market (like Lono), traditional home sprinkler systems aren’t helping the water use matter. Blossom is a new smart device (currently funding on Kickstarter) that learns everything about your particular yard and combines that data with the weather forecast in order to minimize wasted H2O.
Understanding that not every yard has the same needs was the first step, so Blossom allows you to map and share your layout and plant types, and then sets up a specific plan for each zone based on those plants using information from professional botanists. It also keeps an eye on the weather via real-time local weather data and satellite information, so it constantly makes adjustments for rainfall. And, of course, you can adjust things manually if you need to.
The Blossom system includes the controller (which you can keep inside or outside), the bridge (the Internet connection for the controller) and the mobile app (iOS and Android). It will retail for $179 and is compatible with most existing sprinkler systems. Blossom has already successfully reached its goal, so you can be guaranteed that if you pledge before December 17, you’ll receive the backer goodies. $119 or more will get you a discounted Blossom controller by February of next year, so you’ll be ready to smarten up your sprinklers by spring.
Getting this device (and this robot gardener) into people’s homes could be a great start, but it would be interesting to see this sort of technology implemented within the agriculture industry, where it could have an even bigger impact on water conservation efforts.
Do you think this could be a helping hand to conserve water? Let us know in the comments below!
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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