The research stage of this project included a review of existing lawn care solutions and numerous interviews to learn about people's lawn care habits and knowledge. I learned that the biggest problem people have with watering is control: it's difficult to remember when to water and for how long, and information about best practices is hard to find.
"I only water if it doesn't rain for a week. I'll put the sprinkler out for a few hours"
"I water frequently, but not very deeply because I want to use less water."
"I don't have a real schedule. I'll just put the sprinkler out if the weather is dry."
The app recommends a schedule based on the region and the time of year and reminds you when it’s time to put out the sprinklers before watering. It can activate the flow controller remotely based on a preset schedule, monitor the amount of water the lawn receives, and adapt the schedule intelligently based on the weather and the season.
The flow controller attaches directly to the house's water mains. It can monitor the amount of water flowing through it, and turn the flow of water on and off automatically based on input from the companion app.
The aesthetics of this device were based on Worx, a company specializing in electric lawn care/outdoor tools.
I constructed the flow controller both in CAD and in a physical model