Rainmachine, which recently jumped on the HomeKit bandwagon by updating its Pro models of sprinkler controllers is back today with another round of updates making even more products HomeKit compatible. Spotted on reddit by u/Zonk-er, the company made the announcement on their website this morning, which states that a beta firmware update is now available for the company’s Touch HD 12 & 16 models. Even though this … Continue reading Rainmachine Adds HomeKit Support To Touch HD 12 & 16 Sprinkler Controllers
Rainmachine, the Silicon Valley based manufacturer of connected irrigation controllers has recently added HomeKit support to one variant of the companies devices. Spotted on reddit by u/americansplendorX, the company quietly made HomeKit support known by responding to an inquiry on the Rainmachine forums. Digging a little deeper we found that HomeKit functionality was added via a beta firmware update to the company’s Pro 8 and … Continue reading Rainmachine Adds HomeKit Support To Pro 8 & 16 Sprinkler Controllers
Update: This deal has expired and is no longer available. Home improvement retail giant, The Home Depot is offering a “today only special buy” on Rachio’s HomeKit sprinkler controllers. Starting at just $159, the Rachio 3 Sprinkler Controller supports up to 8 different zones for watering, and connects to HomeKit allowing for remote operation using Wi-Fi. For those that have larger irrigation systems, the 16 … Continue reading Expired – HomeKit Deal: Refurbished Rachio 3 Sprinkler Controller $159
Welcome to HomeKit 101, our guide to navigating the Home App, Creating Automations and More within the HomeKit Universe. Last summer, a few of HomeKit’s first irrigation based devices hit the scene, and we were definitely excited to get our hands on one. During our review, we found the Eve Aqua to be a handy way to keep up with our watering needs. However, we … Continue reading How to Create an Irrigation Schedule with Automations
Orbit and their B-Hyve line of connected irrigation products made a “splash” when they announced that they would be supporting HomeKit back at CES 2018. While we have heard this story before, where a company announces HomeKit support and it never comes to fruition, Orbit was apparently so confident that they included the “Works with HomeKit” logo on their in store marketing at Home Depot, … Continue reading Orbit B-Hyve & HomeKit, What’s the Latest?
HomeKit’s first irrigation-based product has arrived this week in the form of the Eve Aqua. The Aqua, which is available now for $99, provides the ability to water a garden with just your voice or tap, which is extremely handy for those that want to keep up with their watering without having to go out to turn the water on. As I mentioned in my … Continue reading Eve Aqua Review
Note: This product was reviewed based on comments from the manufacturer stating the intention to add HomeKit support. This product does NOT support HomeKit as of yet. Earlier this year at CES 2018, Orbit, a trusted manufacturer of irrigation and other outdoor products unveiled their B-Hyve line of connected devices which included support for Apple’s HomeKit platform. One such product, the B-Hyve Hose Faucet Timer, … Continue reading Orbit B-Hyve Smart Hose Faucet Timer Review