Press Release6 Jan. 2015:
New Smart Watering System From Blossom Extends the Smart Home Into the Yard, Debuts at CES
LAS VEGAS, NV–(Marketwired – Jan 6, 2015) – The Internet of Things has entered the backyard. This week at the 2015 International CES, the way we water our yards will be forever changed, thanks to a new smart watering system from Blossom. Blossom is a first-of-its-kind smart sprinkler system that conserves water, significantly reduces water utility bills and gives users control from their smart phone, tablet or computer — extending the benefits of an automated home to the yard. Blossom will be publically shown for the first time at ShowStoppers at CES 2015, one of the consumer electronics industry’s largest international media events.
Three key trends are fueling the market for Blossom: the growing number of IoT devices; the increasing number of homes that are becoming connected and smart; and a rising consumer sentiment to do the right thing by the environment. Blossom’s time is now. Proof positive is Blossom’s enormously successful launch on Kickstarter: the Blossom campaign concluded in mid-December with over $100,000 pledged — more than triple the goal of $30,000. Blossom will begin shipping later this month.
Blossom leverages the QCA7000, a product of Qualcomm Atheros Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, which uses HomePlug Green PHY powerline technology to connect over the home’s existing electrical system. Blossom works with an existing sprinkler system’s wires, valves and sprinklers, making the installation process simple and providing a highly-reliable connection with an essentially limitless range. Wi-Fi is also provided as an alternative connection. Designed to withstand the elements, Blossom’s enclosure has an Ingress Protection (IP) rating of 54 and is the only sprinkler controller that is built to be deployed indoors or outdoors.Read more…