Denver-based smart sprinkler developer Rachio took the top title at the GigaOM Mobilize Product Showcase today, when judges gave it a score of 25 out of 30. Lively, a non-invasive monitoring system that helps seniors live independently, won the people’s choice award with a narrow win over Rachio.
Rachio replaces sprinkler system controllers and promises to bring a more intelligent watering system to its users’ yards. Co-founder Christopher Klein told me earlier this month that the system is meant to cut down on water waste and bring homeowners closer to their yard.
“One of our guiding principles is smart devices should reduce waste and add to the sustainability of our future. We also think that the biggest value you get from them is allowing them to replace whatever knowledge you need for complex systems,” Klein said. “We didn’t form around a solution; we formed around a problem that [we] really wanted to solve. That keeps the passion there.”
Judge and Sprint Pinsight Media+ vice president of development Kevin McGinnis said he wasn’t sure how large the market is for a smart sprinkler system, but he would be willing to buy one today.
Rachio and Lively beat out six other finalists described below:
Ayla Networks: Ayla is first and foremost a cloud provider, but it does offer customers a module that allows them to get their devices online quickly and connected to the Ayla cloud.
Azumio: Azumio makes the Argus Instant Heart Rate and Instant Fitness apps that turn your iPhone or Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch into a fitness tracker. It may be the software that eats the fitness tracker market.
Linquet: Linquet is part of a plethora of tracking products that use Bluetooth LE to help you find devices. The twist with Linquet is that it not only can track your object, but it will let you know if something is moving out of range.
Phone Halo:The second of our two tracking products, the TrackR attaches to devices to let you find them from your iPhone or Android.
Revolv: This home hub connects a variety of different connected devices from Sonos to Hue lightbulbs and lets you program them to interact with each other.
SigSense Technologies: SigSense brings field-service instruments to the connected world by integrating pluggable instruments, mobile devices and cloud services.
Check out the rest of our Mobilize 2013 coverage here, and a video embed of the session follows below:
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