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Old 04-23-2015, 01:33 PM
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Couple of things:
1) There is a Schlage sale on Amazon right now. Got the Schlage Century which was regularly $215, marked down to $173 plus another $36 off. One heck of a deal.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AGK9KJG/
2) Ended up purchasing a bunch of SmartThings stuff: hub, 5x motion sensors, 5x open/close sensors, 2x presence sensors, alarm with strobe.
3) Also picked up a powerline adapter so I can finally run a wireless router out in the garage which is about 50 feet away from the house on the back alley. Needed it since I want to put open/close sensors on the garage doors. The TP Link powerline adapter is $35. I didn't realize they had gotten so cheap.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AWRUICG/

My biggest gripe is that I'll probably be buying the hub now (v1) and then buying it again in 6 months when v2 comes out since I want the video support. But whatever the wife says is what I do...
let me know if you hear a whine from the TP Link adapter. the one i have from some years back has one

well, i'm pretty sure it's a TP brand. not at home now to check
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Old 04-23-2015, 02:22 PM
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The problem is that the "smart" home automation is still pretty dumb.
I think when the project Tango ideas can actually be implemented - this arena may go through dramatic changes.
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looking for smart self-propelled spinklers. Is there one yet?
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Old 04-24-2015, 03:26 PM
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looking for smart self-propelled spinklers. Is there one yet?
You mean like a Roomba for watering your lawn?
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Old 04-24-2015, 03:38 PM
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looking for smart self-propelled spinklers. Is there one yet?
My 4-year-old. But my water bill suffers.
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I love the Nest and can't live without it. I've held off on other investment in home automation because it feels so patchwork right now. WeMo and stuff like that seems cheap until you scale it out and realize $25 pieces here and there turns into $1000s.

I'm curious what/if Apple offers in the next year. I don't want to put real money into anything until it feels legit and scalable.

I want everything automated though -- locks, lights, appliances. I want sensors everywhere too. For example, if my kids leave a faucet running upstairs, I want an alert. This all seems trivial and doable, but the products in the home automation market just haven't matured yet.
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Here's a pretty smart dumb sprinkler: https://youtu.be/NNbUVYTMzDU

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You mean like a Roomba for watering your lawn?
Correct. I don't think there is a product like that yet.

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I'm curious what/if Apple offers in the next year?
I thought Apple choose to partner with Honeywell and created the Lyric. Interesting idea, but did not work well.

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Here's a pretty smart dumb sprinkler: https://youtu.be/NNbUVYTMzDU

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I have an older version of the Nelson Traveling Sprinkler, which does not have the Auto shut-off. That thing is not smart enough.
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Old 04-24-2015, 04:17 PM
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Someone had use the Roomba idea and make mower already.
http://usa.robomow.com/
http://www.husqvarna.com/us/products...or-homeowners/

Where is the sprinklers???

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why not just get an automatic sprinkler system? Too expensive? i'm not good with my hands myself, but reasonably able friends of mine did the installation themselves and said it wasn't that hard. And by reasonably able, I mean they learn everything on the fly by watching youtube.
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