February 21, 2003

Smart Lawns

The imminent arrival of the artificially-intelligent lawn. Yet more evidence that the future is here already, it's just not evenly distributed.

Gizmodo : Wireless sprinkler system: digitalsun.jpg Possibly the weirdest use of wireless technology yet is a new wireless sprinkler system that's coming out in May from a company called Digital Sun. The X.Sense creates a wireless mesh network using moisture sensors strategically inserted into your lawn that keeps track of when and how much to water. Best of all, the wireless network is encrypted, lest anyone try to hack your sprinkler system.

Posted by DeLong at February 21, 2003 01:06 PM | TrackBack

The high tech solution to watching the grass grow.

However, does it also address the inevitable "greater greenness" problem when comparing to the other side of the fence?

Posted by: Tom Maguire on February 22, 2003 07:53 AM

OK, Tom makes a nice little joke, and I'm going to jump in like some PC stormtrooper:

Why water the grass!? It's God's perfect invention - when conditions are right, it's vibrant, when conditions are poor, it lies dormant, but it always comes back. If you leave it grow, it provides beautiful flowers, food & habitat, but if you cut it, you at least get great fertilizer to enrich the soil - if you don't bag the damn stuff.

Lawns are perhaps my #1 pet peeve about American society. If you're not playing on it, leave it alone!

On the other hand, did you hear about the priest, the rabbi, and the groundskeeper...?

Posted by: JRoth on February 24, 2003 09:29 AM
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