We’ve added a text ticker that shows the water saved in the past 7/30/365 days in gallons and in hours of saved watering time, respectively. We have also introduced thehelp icon; mouse over it you will get detailed info about the feature/option.
Here is the web interface screen capture. All these features also exist on our iOS and Android apps.
Clicking on the MORE button it will open the SETTINGS - WATERING HISTORY detailed info.
Here you’ll find a 7 day history of all watering activities with their total scheduled and watered times. Click on the “+” next to each day to see details and restriction alerts.
Here is the web app screen capture. All these features also exist on our iOS and Android apps.
If there are any watering restrictions you've set under SETTINGS - RESTRICTIONS they will be displayed ‘as they occur’ on this graph. To edit or to remove a certain restriction, click on the EDIT button.
This tab lists all weather services you may have selected under SETTINGS - WEATHER and displays their status. Click the EDIT button to go directly to the Weather section and view detailed info and graphs for each service.
Clicking on these tabs will change graphs according to the timespan selected. The affected graphs are: left sidebar “Water saved” and the main card “Programs”.
Here is the web app screen capture. All these features also exist on our iOS and Android apps.
Each program graph (depending on the timespan view) will show the consumed water as a percentage for each day.
Under each program name there will be listed the program frequency, the “Next run” date and the watering zones included in that program. Mouse over each program zone number and the tooltip will list how much that zone will water on that program.
If there is any kind of watering restriction the redsymbol will show on that day. Mouse over this symbol and the tooltip will have the corresponding restriction for that day, or the reason why there is a restriction. For detailed info view the SETTINGS - WATERING HISTORY screen.
to be continued...
The RainMachine team has been working hard to bring new and exciting features to our 2017 software release. We have been listening to our user’s feedback on our forums and through our support staff, and have implemented features that will make your RainMachine a more user friendly, efficient, and personalized controller. Some new features include images for zones, advanced zone attributes, suggested watering times, automatic cycle and soak, and a streamlined interface.
This update will be available Jan-2017, but for those who are curious or just can’t wait, here is how you can enroll in our beta channel for iOS or Android and RainMachine firmware. Feedback will be much appreciated it!
This update will be available for all RainMachines made during the 2015-2017 period. Earlier Rainmachine models will get only partial updates via the iOS and Android applications.Check out the new features
To update your RainMachine firmware, all you will need to do is navigate to Settings > System Settings > Enable Beta Quality Updates. Update your RainMachine software and you’re now ready to go.
We will be releasing more detailed information about these updates and changes in the coming days, so stay tuned.
Here is a preview of our upcoming blog articles:
RainMachine has multiple weather services which have global coverage. We even tested it for Antarctica (where the freeze protect feature would definitely be useful). Simply go and open "Settings" on the RainMachine Touch HD device or mobile apps and then go to "Weather" settings and turn off "NOAA (US Weather)" and turn on "Metno (Global)", or "WUnderground" (includes personal weather stations), or another weather service you think may better suit your region.
That's it! We will continue to add more weather services into the future.
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Currently RainMachine only supports only English language, but as interest outside the US continues to grow, we will make more languages available for users. Also, RainMachine only ships within the US, so to ship to another country the customer would need to take care of the additional costs.
For electrical compatibility, RainMachine has a standard US transformer rated for 120V 60Hz outlets. Before using in Europe or another region, make sure you have the correct adapter before plugging the unit in to avoid overloading it.
1. Please login or create a free IFTTT account here.
2. To allow IFTTT to access your RainMachine, click on Channels and search for RainMachine channel.
3. Follow on screen instruction to login on the RainMachine using your email address and RainMachine password (those are the remote access credentials).
4. Click on ACCEPT button.
5. After the RainMachine channel is connected you can define your own trigger recipes, as in the example below, or you can use predefined users public trigger recipes.
Trigger recipe example:
6. Go to RainMachine ifttt channel and scroll down to the Triggers section.
7. There are 9 RainMachine triggers that you can choose from.
8. For our example we will choose the first trigger: "Zone has started". Click on it
9. Then click on the button Create a new recipe
10. Press "this" text button
11. Search for “RainMachine” channel, and click on it.
12. Choose the first trigger Zone has started1.
13. The next step is to choose one zone from the dropdown zone list.
This list will be populated with all zones from all your RainMachine devices associated with the remote access credentials.
14. After you selected a zone, click on Create Trigger button
15. Click on "that" text button
16. Search the channel of the IoT service provider you want. We choose Gmail
17. Click “Gmail” channel and if you are not connected to your gmail account it will ask you to login and to grant IFTTT access.
Do that by entering you gmail credentials and choose Accept.
18. Choose the action Send an email available for this Gmail channel.
19. Next you have to fill the form fields with your gmail email address (that's more important) and how the subject and email body will look2.
20. Attachment URL field can be empty or can be filled with an image url of your zone3.
21. Click on the Create Action
22. If everything is in order then click on the final Create Recipe button to create your RainMachine IFTTT trigger recipe.
23. After the trigger recipe was saved the edit page will open. Here you can choose to:
- Make it public by clicking on the Publish button so all the other users can use it. Not suitable for this kind of triggers that uses personal email addresses.
- Stop it and it will not trigger anymore, but won't be deleted until you choose to delete it by clicking on Delete button.
- Check the status by clicking on Check now button to see if the connection between RainMachine channel and Gmail channel are ok - you will get a green message if everything it's ok, or a red message when something is wrong and you may need to review the trigger settings once again.
- View the trigger log.
1. Only the scheduled zones or programs can be used as triggers on RainMachine IFTTT channel. If a zone or a program is manually started, the IFTTT trigger will not fire.
2. Do not change/delete the text placed into gray rounded corner square. That will be replaced with the RainMachine Zone number and custom name.
3. Use an online image upload service (like postimage.org) to upload your image and copy and paste the generated link of the image into this field.
At a glance, on the daily view, you can see how much water RainMachine has saved you, when it will water next, and when the weather data was last updated. Forecast, daily water need, temperature trends, rain amount, and watering program breakdowns are displayed up to 1 year. The yearly view gives a better sense of seasonal trends.
We try and give you as much relevant data as possible so you can make a judgement and adjust accordingly at a glance.
In case you are not interested in a certain data source (let’s say temperature graph) just tap on the temperature graph and select “Do not show on Dashboard”*. Simple!
* this option is available only on iOS mobile application
We tell it like it is, with no sugarcoating or hiding numbers, so you get the full picture, directly from your RainMachine’s weather & evapotranspiration algorithms.
With all this data, our evapotranspiration algorithm makes decisions as to how much, and how long, and when to water your garden. We based our algorithm on research conducted by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), which you can learn more about here. Our code implementation is fully transparent, open source, and on github; you can check it out here.
People like our device RainMachine Touch HD-12 and RainMachine Touch HD-16 touchscreen dashboard so much, they frequently ask if they can use it inside their living room or kitchen to see the weather at a glance. Still, we believe that the best place for the RainMachine is in your garage. :)
Recently we decided to time how quickly we could unpack and setup the RainMachine smart wifi controller, and found that we could do it comfortably in 10 to 15 minutes from box to complete setup.
First get the app, then power and boot up the device. On your phone (iPhone or Android), go to your WiFi settings and select RainMachine WiFi. You are now connected to the Mini-8 wifi access point. Next step is to connect the device to your home WiFi, enter your network password (if any) and wait for RainMachine Mini-8 to connect. When it's done continue the setup process on your phone - choose a name, a password and enter your location. Mount the unit on the wall and enjoy your new smart irrigation controller.
At this point your RainMachine Mini-8 is available to control only through your own WiFi network. Optionally if you want to remotely access your RainMachine Mini-8 from anywhere, you will need to enter your email address and follow the steps to validate it.
Below you can watch an instructional setup video tutorial for the RainMachine Mini-8.
You can go through the entire setup process from the touch screen on the unit itself. Plug it in, boot it up and give it a name and password. Then get it connected to your home WiFi and input your location. Mount the unit on the wall and you are good to go! Optionally you may want to create a remote access account with your email address and the password you just set. Follow the remote access validation steps and finish the process - your RainMachine Touch HD smart controller will be available from anywhere you go.
Below you can watch an instructional setup video tutorial for the RainMachine Touch HD-12 & RainMachine Touch HD-16.
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NOTE: In the installation process, the most intimidating thing will be the wiring (but it really isn’t). Make sure you take a picture of your old valve wiring so you can refer to it when setting up the RainMachine, and simply match the wires to each zone. Need help? Contact our support team at 844-498-8707 or email us at email@example.com. We want this process to be painless, and we are more than happy to help you out!
"The RainMachine HD-12 is a damn fine device. There are so many things I like about it and very few things that are off. It’s beautiful inside and out, so easy to use and works without interruption. I can finally stop worrying about turning the sprinklers off when it rains ..."
In the past few weeks we have quietly pushing out IFTTT functionality to our RainMachine Mini and RainMachine Touch HD 2015 models. This release will allow you to have creative control over the thing you love the most: your garden.
By using public recipes or by creating your own recipes, you will be able to control your RainMachine in more ways than you could do before. You can even talk with your Rainmachine via the IFTTT Alexa channel!.
Enjoy your connected garden!
Before you start, please make sure your RainMachine device has the latest firmware installed.
To do that, check and update your firmware by going to System -> Software Update using the RainMachine mobile iPhone and Android application, locally on the RainMachine Touch HD devices, or using the web application accessible at my.rainmachine.com
A step by step IFTTT how to guide can be found here.
The RainMachine Development team
NOTE: IFTTT trigger support will also be available, release date is March 1st, 2016.
We constantly update our RainMachine iOS and Android Mobile applications, but version 4.0.600 is a significant release that contains major usability improvements as well as several new features. We will describe them below, but first, make sure you download our latest App from the app store.
Starting with version 4.0.600, in the Dashboard Screen we are introducing a gauge that shows how much water has been saved. Depending on the view (Week, Month, Year) this gauge will show you how much water has been saved for the respective Week, Month or Year.
Obsessing about monitoring Weather and RainMachine activity? Rotate the phone in Landscape mode to view your data in panoramic view! Landscape mode will show ~2x more data on the same screen. Of course, if you want more, you can always swipe right/left to get more information.
Version 4.0.600 improves on readability by using bigger fonts in the most used screens. Easy to read, easy to operate even without glasses. Make sure you download our latest app from the Apple App Store. Android users will be able to get the app at the Google Play Store.
For the past few weeks we have been quietly pushing device firmware updates containing the building blocks for a RainMachine browser interface. If your device (RainMachine Mini-8, RainMachine Touch HD-12 or RainMachine Touch HD-16) is running firmware v4.0.574 or higher you will now be able to use the web interface by going to my.rainmachine.com
No matter where you are located (at home, at work or in vacation) from your PC/laptop simply point your browser (latest modern browsers like Firefox, Safari, Chrome, etc) to my.rainmachine.com and enter your credentials (email login and password) and you're in! Alternately, if you know your local RainMachine IP address, you can access it directly by simply going to https://LocalRainMachineIP:8080/ui/ (eg: https://192.168.0.100:8080/ui/).
This is work in progress (BETA). We are working in refining the Dashboard look and general usability and we expect a new and improved look very soon! This is just the beginning. Our goal is to provide the best interface ever, where the user can clearly understand the state of their RainMachines weather adjustments as they happen.
Attached are two snapshots of our beta web interface.
WaterSense is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program designed to encourage water efficiency in the United States through the use of a special label on consumer products.
By promoting and enhancing the market for water efficient products and services, WaterSense makes every drop count by leveraging relationships with key utility, manufacturer and retail partners across the U.S.
EPA develops specifications for water efficient products through a public process. If a manufacturer makes a product that meets those specifications, the product is eligible for third-party testing to ensure the stated efficiency and performance criteria have been met.
Irrigation Adequacy (%)
Schedule Efficiency (%)
Scheduling Excess (%)
The EPA's WaterSense Program offers rebate information but does not directly provide any rebates for products. Please contact your local water provider directly for more information about a rebate or rebate program. Here is a federally maintained database with links to the rebates programs available for various local Water agencies. The list is not complete so you might want to also check with your local water company.
Given the price difference, one might ask if the RainMachine Touch is smarter than the Mini. The simple answer is No, both machines are equally smart. As a matter of fact, the Evapo-Transpiration science running on both controllers is identical! Both machines simulate the hydrological water cycle using the same data sources, and using the same code.
In order to setup or monitor the RainMachine Mini you need a smart phone or a tablet. Think of your phone as a remote control for the RainMachine. The only direct input means available on the RainMachine Mini are 3 buttons: Zone UP/DOWN, and Start. With this interface you can only manually start watering your garden, stop it, or stop an on-going program. That's it.Similarly, when using the RainMachine Touch, you can program, monitor or manually start/stop watering from the device itself.
Both devices can be setup and be operated from your smart phone or tablet. Even more: you use the same app for both devices. There is no need to learn other app operation conventions, screens, etc. when switching from RainMachine Touch to RainMachine Mini, or vice-versa.
That depends on you. I prefer the RainMachine Touch because it is an 'all in one' device. More than half of our customers are also opting for the RainMachine Touch.
However if you are an iPhone geek and control everything around you and beyond by your iPhone, then the RainMachine Mini is the perfect fit. There are situations when the device is out of sight, therefore having the iPhone control-only option is all that you need.
If your device is located in the garage or indoors, the RainMachine Touch definitely makes a good addition to your smart home. The main screen (weather statistics) is simply addictive and allows you to understand the watering and weather history and outlook with a simple touch.
The RainMachine 4.0 software framework represents a radical departure from the old ways, setting the foundation for the next generation of modern internet connected, smart Wi-Fi sprinkler controllers. In this article we will outline the features and benefits of our new software framework.
The short answer is Yes! Some of the new features are resource intensive (require more CPU and memory footprint); as a result not all features will be available for the older 2013 RainMachine irrigation controllers. We are currently working on an Android/IOS software update that will bring RainMachine 4.0-style graphs to older Rainmachines. The target release date for this is late 2015.
One of the major enhancements we made in the 4.0 release was to add the capability of extracting weather information from multiple data sources. RainMachine is now able to access weather from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency) as well as MET.no (Norwegian Meteorologic Institute) or other data sources, whenever available. While NOAA is the most trusted source for weather in the US, MET.no has weather data for Europe as well as the rest of the globe.
An official International release schedule will be available in late 2015 or early 2016.
Get notified regarding the International rollout here.
By being able to extract weather data from multiple weather data sources the RainMachine is mixing multiple data feeds into one coherent and stable weather data channel. In case one source fails, one the other ones will take over, thus RainMachine using a reliable and virtually uninterruptible weather data stream. Peace of mind for your garden!
The entire RainMachine state is now beautifully represented on the Dashboard screen. From past and future weather data to individual program activity spanning for multiple years, the RainMachine reports everything in one simple screen: The Dashboard. Swipe though time to view at a glance the entire EvapoTranspirative process. People love the new graphs as they are very easy to understand or operate. Watch out - they are truly addictive and soon you will replace your preferred weather info source with the most powerful personal weather station on Earth - the RainMachine!
Everything can be tuned. You are The God for your Garden. For example, wind intensity can be reduced up to 50% by buildings or tall trees. Even rain (and how much rain is stored in the ground) is affected by your local garden environment. We are now allowing you to adjust wind and rain sensitivity with a simple slider control that allows you to decrease or increase from 0% to 100% of the reported rain amount or wind intensity.
One of the main complaints about our pre-2015 RainMachines was that remote access (connect to RainMachine from outside the home network) was difficult to setup. We agree.
The new RainMachine allows you to auto-magically connect from within or from outside your home network in a transparent manner. Cloud independence is still maintained - the RainMachine is still a 100% standalone apparatus that can operate independently from any cloud services.
The Nature's water cycle simulator is now improved in terms of simulation capability. Each program is simulated ahead of time and displayed on the Dashboard as future activity (a feature not available in 2013 RainMachine model).
We now freely provide our evapotranspiration algorithm code. As a consequence, our work is verifiable and can be trusted. User contributions from around the world continue to support the RainMachine community, helping us enhance the product.
By using Python — a high-level scientific interpreter language — we encourage customer reading and commenting of the internal code and algorithm as an important core value of the Open Source movement. All RainMachines run on hardened embedded Linux operating systems. The RainMachine is using only open data sources from national and international weather research institutions. Hence, the weather data is forever free to you.
We believe that free and open platforms are the only way to promote sustainability and advancement of the SmartHome.
With this new framework and with inter-operability from our 4.0 API, newer generations of RainMachine hardware will be easily merged into the existent device and client software upgrade path, allowing developers to produce code that is independent of their CPU architecture. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in licensing our software or hardware framework.
Right after we finished developing the RainMachine HD in the summer of 2013, our design team began designing the 2nd generation of smart Wi-Fi Sprinkler Controllers. The result of our work has come to light—the RainMachine Mini-8, our latest 8 zones, smart Wi-Fi Sprinkler Controller.
The RainMachine Mini-8 is not a replacement for the RainMachine HD as the devices provide different levels of functionality. One major difference between the Mini and the HD is the level of local control the device offers: The RainMachine HD has a fully graphical user interface on a 4.3" capacitive touch screen. As a result, the HD version allows the user to have 100% control of the machine via the local interface: you can program, edit, start or stop zones from the device itself, no mobile devices needed. The RainMachine Mini has a simpler interface that allows the user to manually start and stop a certain zone. Both the HD and Mini look the same when accessed remotely via a mobile iOS or Android Phone. Both machines are equally smart; the differences are on the device itself with the touch interface and number of zones allowed.
Unlike traditional irrigation devices, the buttons do not rely on mechanical contacts. Instead, the RainMachine HD and Mini provide a projected capacitive interface. Projected capacitive interface is a superior method to resistive or surface capacitance screen, providing a virtually impossible to destroy user interface on beautiful super-planar, ultra-pure Japanese Asahi glass (RainMachine HD) and anti-scratch, anti-reflective + UV coated 'tough as nails' Polycarbonate cover lens (RainMachine Mini). This is how we provide a 'clear' difference over the competitor's offerings. The life of our devices is backed by a 5-year standard guarantee. By using capacitive touch sensing on all our products, we are virtually extending the life of the product to 'infinite'.
The RainMachine Mini keypad is illuminated by 3 individual white LEDs. The keys are visible during low or no light situations.
Wi-Fi signals, as well as the 7-segment display are made out of white LEDs, providing an amazingly cool and easy to use local interface. Because LED life is very long, the projected life of the backlight and/or display is virtually infinite.
We always wanted to show off our new device but we couldn't because of the stealth requirements during the developmental phase.
Now we can show you the device, explained in less than 100 words people use regularly:
More information about the RainMachine Mini-8 can be found on our Products page.
A United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket with the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory onboard launches from Space Launch Complex 2, Saturday, Jan 31, 2015, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
SMAP is NASA’s first Earth-observing satellite designed to collect global observations of surface soil moisture and its freeze/thaw state. SMAP will provide high-resolution global measurements of soil moisture from space. The data will be used to enhance scientists' understanding of the processes that link Earth's water, energy, and carbon cycles.
We don't know how useful the global soil moisture will help the RainMachine compute better Evapotranspiration but we know we are ready for the data once it becomes available! The RainMachine was designed from the ground up to use multiple data sources. A meteorological data parser fetches each data source.
Since the RainMachine can simulate nature from data sources such as temperature, moisture, wind, barometric pressure or rain fall, we are already envisioning how to extract more useful data from SMAP's data streams.
Freeze/Thaw states and moisture along with canopy and ground cover photosynthesis are factors that can and will be added into our future Evapotranspiration Engine, as data becomes available!
Providing out Evapotranspiration formula source code and API we make our work trusted and verifiable. User contributions from around the world will help the community evolve the product.
By using Python—a high level scientific interpreted language—we encourage readability and provide instant verification, which are core values of the Open Source movement. All RainMachines run on hardened embedded Linux operating systems.
The RainMachine is using only open data sources from Governmental, National and International weather research institutes. We believe that free and open platforms are the only way to promote sustainability and advancement of the SmartHome.