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Wise Orchard Smart Watering System Raising Funds to Transform Gardening

(PRWEB) June 11, 2015

Wise Orchard, a smart irrigation system that manages watering automatically and offers an unprecedented level of control and better care over gardens, announced today that it is launching a Kickstarter campaign on June 11, 2015. Wise Orchard is a smart internet-connected valve that automatically adjusts the watering schedule and helps take better care of garden and plants. It pulls local weather data automatically from multiple weather forecast services and thousands of weather stations in order to create and adjust a personalized watering plan in real time. In addition to that, it uses its plant database to offer specific advice on the garden and plants it’s taking care of so that they can thrive and stay healthy. The Kickstarter campaign aims to raise enough funds for the first round of manufacturing as well as for building the software that intelligently automates the Wise Orchard watering valve.

Wise Orchard takes the guesswork out of the equation when it comes to adjusting watering, helping save money and conserve precious water. By taking into account rainfall and only using the amount of water needed, based on the local weather, Wise Orchard helps solve the problem of wasteful irrigation. This also makes it more cost-effective: it is estimated to reduce water bills by up to 30 percent.

Wise Orchard is designed with both novice and expert gardeners in mind, simplifying taking care of the garden for people who are not experts or are too busy to do manual adjustments as the weather changes. It is also remotely accessible on the Internet, very easy to use, affordable and smart, granting an unprecedented level of automation and control over watering. For expert gardeners, Wise Orchard offers many customization options that will let them take their garden care to the next level. Wise Orchard not only automates watering, it also offers tips such as warning when to prune plants, warning about likely diseases or even warning of freezing temperatures in advance. Gardeners can watch over their plants and have full control of their irrigation through Wise Orchard’s mobile application, which will be available for iPhone and Android, and on the web too.

Key Wise Orchard features:

Connected to the Internet via Wifi
Automatically waters plants when they need it using artificial intelligence algorithms. It can also be configured manually.
Weather forecasts, local weather and plant database to better plan the watering schedule and help take better take care of plants
Easy to install (drop-in replacement for common irrigation timers, compatible with most drip irrigation and garden hose-fed sprinklers).
Two pipe thread versions to fit standard pipe threads in both USA and Europe.
Backup: the watering schedule is stored on the device so it will keep working even when there’s no Internet connection.
Compatible with all kinds of plants: ornamental, shrubs, vegetables, etc.

Key Wise Orchard mobile app and online website features:

Manual or custom watering schedule, controlling the Wise Orchard valve remotely
Can set periods of time when it’s ok or not ok to water. Wise Orchard will automatically decide when to water within the allowed intervals.
Everything can be configured from a smartphone
Watering can be postponed for the day or for any period of time with the touch of a button
Control unlimited zones / valves from the app
Lets users configure alerts to receive tips to help them take care of their plants

Wise Orchard is the brainchild of Alvaro Salmador, software engineer and gardening enthusiast who is “always looking for ways to make things better through the use of advanced technologies”. He has extensive experience in several fields including machine learning and machine vision.

The Wise Orchard water valve will be available for pre-order on the Kickstarter campaign page, with special pricing for the earliest backers. Additional rewards will be available on the Kickstarter campaign page as well.

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    Lucas Systems Certifies New Smart Wearables For Use With Jennifer Voice Picking and Voice Directed Warehouse Applications

    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Chicago, Illinois (PRWEB) March 23, 2015

    Lucas Systems, Inc., the leading innovator of mobile work execution solutions for mobile workers and distribution center managers, today announced that it has certified new rugged smartphones and other wearable devices and accessories for use with Jennifer Mobile applications. Lucas will be showing Jennifer voice picking and order sortation demonstrations on a range of mobile devices, smartwatches and wearable accessories this week in Booth 3538 at the ProMat 2015 trade show in Chicago. Lucas also announced that several customers are deploying the new Jennifer smartphone solution in customer-fulfillment applications.

    Jennifer Mobile, the Lucas mobile application for voice-picking and other warehouse applications, is designed to permit the seamless use of voice direction, speech recognition, visual user interfaces, and barcode scanning, similar to smartphone applications. In addition to rugged smartphones, the Jennifer solution includes a range of Bluetooth headsets and barcode scanners to create a powerful, secure and economical solution for the distribution center. Each of the rugged smartphones certified by Lucas is available with a range of hardened cases meeting military standards (MIL-STD-810 or greater) for drop/tumble/vibration protection that meet or exceed the protection ratings of other warehouse devices used with Jennifer.

    “By supporting Jennifer on rugged smartphones, we are helping DCs give workers better, more intuitive and more ergonomic tools to do their jobs, without sacrificing security or durability,” said Jennifer Lachenman, VP of Product Strategy and Business Alliances at Lucas Systems. “Beyond operational efficiency, these smart solutions improve the user experience, which goes directly to staff training and retention. This is a critical issue in the face of the changing DC workforce, and the different technology expectations of the new generation of millennial workers.”

    Jennifer Mobile supports end-to-end DC processes, not just picking, and includes the Serenade Speech Recognition Platform, which provides superior recognition quality across languages, diverse users and accents, and noisy environments. Lucas has now certified the following rugged smartphones and accessories for use with Jennifer:

    Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5 Smartphones
    Motorola Luge Smartphones
    Samsung Galaxy Gear Live Smartwatch
    LG G Smartwatch

    “While the majority of existing customers use traditional warehouse hardware devices, they are seeking more flexible, powerful hardware alternatives that can support better ergonomics, and easier ways to work,” said Jeff Slevin, COO of Lucas Systems. “The market is responding to this need. Even the industrial hardware providers are introducing their own rugged smartphones. New rugged smartphones and wearable devices allow us to introduce new capabilities that were unthinkable even five years ago. These new solutions will help accelerate the adoption of mobile work applications in a range of new tasks within and beyond the four walls of the distribution center, including store-based fulfillment for omni-channel retail.”

    About Lucas Systems, Inc.

    Since 1998, Lucas Systems has pioneered warehouse productivity solutions for mobile workers and distribution center managers. Customers like Cardinal Health, the Container Store, C&S Wholesale Grocers, HD Supply, OfficeMax, Mondelez, Kraft and Rust-Oleum trust Lucas to deliver solutions that greatly improve worker productivity and accuracy because Lucas truly understands warehouse operations. Lucas Mobile Work Execution solutions optimize hands-on processes and seamlessly combine voice, barcode scanning, and other mobile technologies to improve worker productivity, eliminate errors, and boost end-to-end DC efficiency. The solutions also provide managers and supervisors with real-time reporting and management tools that help them better manage their operations. For more information, visit

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