5 gadgets you might not know work with the Amazon Echo

September 13, 2016

Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller

Like thermostats, sprinkler systems are an old-school technology that needs some improvement. In my childhood home, I couldn’t make heads or tails of the mid-90’s console full of little switches. Rachio ends all that by letting you organize and control everything through an app.

The company claims you can install it in less than a half hour. Once you’ve set your zones, you can link your Rachio to the Echo and control which zones get watered at which times with your voice. So, if zone 1 needs a little extra TLC you can say “Alexa, tell Rachio to water zone 1 for 6 minutes” and you’ll be in business.

Rachio also strives to be efficient, so it’ll check the weather before starting a new cycle. No use watering the lawn in the rain.

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