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Inventing a Better Tomorrow

By Devin Felix, Rachel Madison and Heather Stewart, Illustrations by Juliann Law

April 10, 2014

The airbag also repacks easily after use, allowing users to move on quickly. Drawing from an unlimited supply also allows the system to compensate for punctures that may occur in the airbag during an avalanche by continuing to pump air into the bag after it is first inflated. The system is controlled by PIEPS electronics technology which runs a self diagnostic every time it is first turned on to ensure it is functioning properly.

Skydrop Sprinkler Controller by Skydrop LLC

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 30 percent of the water consumed in the United States is used to water landscape, and at least 35 percent of that is wasted due to inefficiencies in irrigation methods.

The Skydrop Sprinkler Controller is a smart sprinkler control system that allows users to significantly reduce waste with minimum effort. It uses a cloud-based system to continually monitor local weather conditions, evaporation rates and other factors to determine the right amount of water a landscape needs. This is an improvement over common timer-based systems, which are unable to adapt on their own to rainfall or other factors. Skydrop’s user interface is intuitive and easy to use, unlike some systems, which end up wasting water simply because user error is common during setup.

Users can control Skydrop remotely with their smartphones. It is able to adapt to adhere to community watering restrictions based on days of the week or hours of the day. It can also monitor the valves attached to the system and check for malfunctions. Skydrop estimates a family can save nearly 8,800 gallons of water annually by switching from a timer system.

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