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Why Smart Sprinklers Are Surprisingly Practical

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What?! Smart sprinklers? Uhm, no thanks.

If you think you’d rather water your plant the old school way than waste money, bandwidth allocation, and time in setting one up, wait. Smart sprinklers can be totally convenient and heaven-sent for the right people. Here are the reasons why.

They’re really good for the environment.

If you live in California or somewhere else where drought’s a serious porblem, you may be very water-conscious. Having a smart sprinkler can help as they manage your water usage. They’re usually connected to the Internet and they keep tabs on the weather. When it’s going to rain, there’s no sprinkling for that day. Most smart sprinklers claim that they can save up to 50% of outdoor water usage.

They can help plant-loving people who don’t have the green thumb.

Oh, this is my tribe. I love plants, but sometimes they just die on me. With a smart sprinkler like Parrot Smart, I am certain I can be a good plant mom. Parrot Smart monitors the amount of sun your plant receives, the fertizlier in the soil, and even your plant’s temperature. You can check the app for coaching and some tips. There are also simpler sensors like PlantLink which alerts you whenever your plant needs some watering.

They’re really helpful, especially for travelers.

If you travel all the time and you always come home to a dying or dead plant, you can turn to GreenIQ’s Irrigation Controller, Rachio, RainMachine or Blossom. These are some of the most complete smart sprinkler systems which can follow a watering schedule, rely on weather forecasts, and can be remotely monitored and adjusted through an app. Most of these sprinklers let you divide your yard into sections if you have various plants with different water requirements.

Smart sprinklers were not made just because. They actually do have a purpose. Yes, they are the “I never knew I need you until I met you” kind of tech.

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Attention Eccentrics, There’s A One-Man Mosquito Tent Available

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Are you the kind of soccer mom that shows up at the game with an umbrella for the sun, or wears one of those large brimmed hats, just so your kids will die of embarrassment? Or maybe you like donning a poncho. In any case, you’re “that mom”. Well, there’s a new item to add to your arsenal. The Insect, Bug & Mosquito Pop-Up Screen Chair Tent is made specifically for one person, and will protect you from those Zika-carrying insects, while simultaneously making you look like somewhat of a fool. You won’t care, because at $49 you think it’s a bargain and an amazing way to make yourself feel like you’ve one-upped every parent at the game, when in reality the joke’s on you.

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It’s All In The Pressure: Portable Pressurized Shower Head

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Just ask Cosmo Kramer, and he’ll tell you: the secret to a good shower is decent water pressure. What’s impressive about the RinseKit Portable Sprayer is that it uses no electricity, and no batteries to give you up to 65psi of glorious pressure just about anywhere you take it. You fill it with up to 2 gallons of hot or cold water, and an internal bladder keeps it under pressure, ready to use whenever you need it. The spray nozzle offers 7 different settings, from jet stream to soaking water, and makes it really easy for you to do things from taking a shower while camping, to rinsing off your tools and equipment after you’re done with them. It can continuously spray for up to 4 minutes, although we suspect it doesn’t do so at the highest pressure setting. Still, at $160, it seems like a great item to get the outdoors enthusiast in your life.

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The GoBoat Is Functional, And That’s All That Matters

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You want a watercraft that packs in the trunk of your car, works well, and lets you go fishing all by yourself without too much trouble? Look no further than the GoBoat. Weighing only 15 lbs, the boat assembles in minutes, with different parts simply snapping together. You’ll need a pump to inflate the bladder (high velocity hand pump included), and then a bit of elbow grease to drop the transom mounted trolling motor (sold separately) in once it’s set up. But no big deal. It’ll accept most types of such motors, which themselves weigh about 30 lbs and cost maybe $100. The GoBoat itself is a $199 pledge, with shipping in September 2016 if funding is successful.

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Beartooth Is Like A Walkie Talkie For Your Smartphone

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When you’re far from civilization, you lose a lot of privileges, like the ability to use your cellphone due to lack of signal. If you want to be able to stay in touch with your friends on your expedition, you can use traditional walkie talkies, which use their own radio waves to communicate. But… that’s a little old-school, isn’t it? Beartooth uses radio signals, but first pairs to your smartphone through Bluetooth. In this way, you can still use your smartphone to make calls, text, and even send location data to each other from as far away as 10 miles. Well, 5 miles for talking, and 10 miles for texting. Still, that’s pretty darn far when you’re in the wilderness, and can come in handy in more ways than one. Each user will need their own Beartooth, of course, but with a 4 day battery life there’s a pretty good chance your smartphone will run out of juice before it does. It’s $99 for 1, and $75 for two, if you pre-order now to take advantage of the 50% off full retail pricing.

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BioLite CookStove Turbocharges Your Outdoors Cooking, Uses Almost Anything As Fuel

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There are many ways you can get heat when camping, whether it’s by starting a campfire, using propane canisters, or in a more modern touch, by packing the BioLite CookStove. It uses a battery and a fan to essentially turbocharge the combustion process, allowing you to throw in almost any combustible element you find in your surroundings: twigs, leaves, pinecones, dry grass, etc. The fan provides four speeds, which adjust the flame’s intensity and make it dead simple to cook your meals, boil your water, and bring a little bit of civilization with you while away from the city bustle. It’s not a completely off-grid solution since the battery will eventually run out, but you do get a good 30 hours of cooking time, which should get you through a few days outdoors. At $100, it’s a must-have for outdoors enthusiasts.

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That’s What We’ve Always Wanted: Sleeping Outdoors In a Giant Clear Bubble

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Screw privacy, we want to be outdoors with a clear view of the sky, but with none of those pesky insects and, you know, pests that lurk outdoors. We want to feel just as comfortable as we do inside, minus the heating, minus the privacy, minus the plumbing, and safety. But behold the night sky! The HolleywebTM Inflatable Bubble Tent House Dome Outdoor Clear Show Room with 1 Tunnel for Camping for Photo (that’s the product name, folks) is an inflatable bubble tent made from PVC with double and quadruple stitching to make sure the thing hods together. Of course if you want it to stay inflated, you’ll have to keep a positive air pressure inside at all times, so there’s the noise of the blower to keep you company as you attempt to sleep.

And for this piece of must-have outdoors lodging, you’ll be expected to pay around $1,600.

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Windcatcher Airpad 2 Air Mattress Amplifies Your Breath, Inflates In Seconds

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Going camping with an air mattress can be a bit of a luxury, since it does usually require you to also carry a pump of some kind. The Windcatcher Airpad 2 mattress on the other hand seems to have developed a system that allows you to inflate it using nothing but the power of your breath. As you blow into it, their special valve allows for the surrounding air to also enter, amplifying the power of your breath tenfold. In this matter, the mattress can be inflated in seconds without using pumps. The valve never touches the ground, and you never have to put your mouth against anything that might have been into contact with the soil. Since the valve is so large, deflation is super easy, and makes packing up and leaving a breeze. You really have to watch the video below to realize how well this works.

It’s a fantastic looking product, and it costs only $100. For this price you also get a 4 INCH THICK QUILTED support system for superior cushioning and comfort.

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The Jammock Hammock Means You Can Nap Anywhere

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Did you know you could take a nap on top of your Jeep? Well, if you get the Jammock Hammock, you can. It fits Jeep Wranglers 1987 to present in the YJ, TJ, JK, and JKU models. It also will fit the bed of just about any pickup truck, where it’ll provide a bit of protection to your valuables, on top of giving you a soft area on which to lay down and sleep. It’s made from 1000 Denier Cordura Nylon and will easily withstand more than 350lbs, but the company won’t commit to a higher number for fear of lawsuits. Still, it’s a cool item to own, and at $138, won’t break the bank.

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