Cultivar's RainCloud

Tool Concept


RainCloud is a web connected irrigation system and application platform. RainCloud links computers and mobile devices to lawns, gardens and plants by combining automated water valves, soil moisture sensors, a wifi enabled programmable computer and custom web applications. Visit for more info.
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RainCloud is an open source project and has a kickstarter campaign running through 9/30/2013.

Problem addressed/functional need

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Functional Description/approach

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How to use the tool

this would be the equivalent of an owners manual, pictures and video are excellent in this section. If the tool has many functions, then these should all be explored here. Example post "__________". Present how the community can be most helpful to make it useful...

Bill of materials and Sourcing

this section should include a list of materials, and dimensions and sources for each item when available) Example post with formatting but no sourcing yet FIDO greenhouse alert system not so necessary for software- but operating requirements would be helpful

Construction/how to build

this section should include basic step by step instructions and include supporting documentation like engineering drawings, CAD or CAM files, as well as supporting photos and videos. If an instructables has already been done on it, a link to the instructable would be perfect here) for software projects- links to github etc. would be appropriate.

Next steps/goals/barriers

This section is to highlight what next steps are needed for documentation or construction to move the project along. This might contain a link to a kickstarter campaign or to a forum discussion of documentation or prototype needs etc.


this section might link to members of the farm hack community. If a fabricator has the item listed on Etsy or similar, a link to that listing would be appropriate here too

Ongoing projects

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