How Rachio’s Connected Sprinkler Iro Made its Way Into Home Depot

Rachio Iro

Connected sprinkler company Rachio has made it big, with its Iro connected sprinkler system going on sale in 900 Home Depot stores nationwide. The Wi-Fi-connected Iro costs $249 and is now on sale alongside other connected products at Home Depot, such as the Revolv home hub or a variety of Zigbee and Z-wave switches and locks. For a company that only shipped its first product three weeks ago, getting a major big-box store to stock its products is a pretty significant coup, so I asked co-founder Chris Klein how he did this and what he’s learned. Rachio was founded in Denver after the co-founders noticed sprinklers going off in the rain. They decided that connectivity and intelligence could prevent water waste — a problem that is plaguing drought-ridden states like California and Texas. So they built a replacement controller that took in weather data and other information to learn when to water your lawn.

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