Wise Orchard available for pre-order

0808Dear fans, we have very good news today: the Wise Orchard smart water valve is now available for pre-order. Our first batch will very soon be ready to ship out and we’re really excited!

These last 2-3 months have been really intense to get the hardware manufactured but our efforts have paid off. We’re at the moment working on improving the software so that it will be fully functional by the time we start shipping. The most important features regarding controlling and monitoring irrigation as well as weather-dependent watering schedule adjustment will be there, and we will be including additional features afterwards.

Your feedback, that of our beta-testers and our first customers, will help us constantly improve to make exactly the product that you want. Thank you for your support.

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We’re almost there

Hi everyone! Sorry for the long time without updates from us. Over the past few months we’ve discovered how hard it can be to start manufacturing a new product. We have been really busy trying to get everything right.

Fortunately, we are making good progress and we can now provide much more accurate estimates on availability: some units will ship to beta-testers mid-May, and we expect to be able to deliver to everyone else in late June. Pre-orders will start some time in June.

And yes, that sexy image you can see in this post is Wise Orchard’s final look. A vast majority of those of you who filled in our poll preferred a less flashy colour than green for the enclosure, and we agree. Grey is inconspicuous and a good option to make sure the only green that shines in your garden is that of your favorite plants!

Thank you all for your support and suggestions, we are counting on you.

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Wise Orchard testers wanted

Sorry for taking so long to post this update, we’ve been busy on all fronts! There have been some more delays but we’re confident Wise Orchard will be available this spring. We’ve ironed out a few outstanding issues and improved some features. We’re now, finally, about to start manufacturing and we’re working hard on the client-facing software as well.

As you all know, we’ve been testing a few prototypes for a few months already and we feel that the time has come to let you all participate in this. Do you want to become a Wise Orchard beta tester? click here to fill in our survey and you’ll have the chance to help us, trying it for free!

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Winter update: closer to production

Winter seed sowingHi everyone and happy thanksgiving for our US fans. Winter is coming and most of your gardens probably don’t need much water anymore. But, did you know there are many things you can do in preparation for the spring? Read on, we’ve linked a few good guides about winter sowing and growing at the end of this article.

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Status update: October

Fall_imageHi everyone!

Fall has finally arrived, yellow leaves, mist and mushrooms are coming. These past few weeks have been intense for us.  We’ve been improving some internal features of the mechanical design that we’ll be testing this month. Also, we’ve iterated over several circuit board designs and we’re almost done on that front, and we’ve selected all the final electronic components we’ll be using.

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New design and more

Hi everyone! We hope you’re having a great summer. At Wise Orchard we’ve been busy coming up with a final design for our smart watering valve and we’re now ready to share some photos with you.

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New Wise Orchard design

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As you can see, it’s a bit thinner (not cubic) and it fits perfectly in the “hanging from faucet” configuration. We’re using a swivel nut so that you don’t need to rotate the valve at any time (which is convenient if both ends of your irrigation system are fixed -a buried hose that you can’t rotate, for example).  A double mesh filter has been implemented too.

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Thank you backers!

We’d like to thank all of our kickstarter backers for your support and all the ideas you’ve shared with us! We’ll fund Wise Orchard ourselves and it will be a reality early next year!

We would also like to stick to our promises to our backers and we will therefore let you purchase the rewards you pledged for at the price set on kickstarter regardless of the final retail pricing (those of you who pledged small amounts not for the product itself will get 10% discount coupons). In order to benefit from this please join our backers newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/brPgWn , we’ll use it to keep you updated on the latest developments.

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Thank you very much!

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Summer tomatoes and peppers

Ripe tomatoesWe got our first two ripe tomatoes this weekend! As you can see in the photos, there are many more to come. Irrigation powered by Wise Orchard.

Tomatoes are of the black “Kumato” variety . The aroma, intense, sweet flavor and the texture of this tomato makes it ideal for salads, and brings a lively a touch of color to dishes. The crunchy texture of the flesh means they can be cut into very thin slices.

Peppers are Lamuyo red peppers (they’re not ripe yet and they grow quite big). They’re very tasty sweet peppers (non-spicy).

Tomatoes and peppers by Wise Orchard

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Wise Orchard just launched on Kickstarter!

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Making gardening easier and better

Wise Orchard is a smart irrigation system that automatically adjusts  your watering schedule for you and helps you take better care of your plants. No more guessing the right watering schedule every time the weather changes. This also saves you money and helps conserve precious water. Wise Orchard is remotely accessible on the Internet, super-easy to use, affordable and smart, granting you an unprecedented level of automation and control over your watering.

What Wise Orchard can do for you

We designed Wise Orchard with both novice and expert gardeners in mind. It simplifies taking care of your garden if you don’t know how to water or can’t afford to spend the time to make manual adjustments as the weather changes. It also lowers your water bill and helps conserve more water. Being based in hot southern Europe, we know a thing or two about drought and water conservation. For expert gardeners, we offer an unprecedented level of customization that will let you take your garden care to the next level.

How it works

Wise Orchard pulls local weather data automatically from multiple weather forecast services and thousands of weather stations in order to create and adjust your personalized watering plan in real time. Wise Orchard will not only automate your watering, it will also use its plant database to offer you tips on how to better grow your plants.

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