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Brown lawns may turn green again if weather forecasters are correct in predicting a strong El Niño with heavier than average precipitation throughout California this fall and winter. At the same time, residents are urged to conserve.

Enter the promise of a device named Mist, branded as the “world’s smartest sprinkler system,” watering just the right amount in times of plenty and saving 80% in drought mode.

We heard about Mist from Menlo Park resident David Barry, who in addition to his job at Flex, works as an advisor to early stage hardware companies. He’d been investigating the hardware startup market for a Costa Rica company, when he was introduced to the people behind Mist, which is incubating at Radicand in Redwood City. The start up is in its final days of crowding funding on Indiegogo.

“The money will go to generating the tooling so parts can go into production,” he explained.

Mist works by monitoring the water saturation level in a lawn through the use of probes and  and automatically optimizes irrigation for each part of your yard while using up to 50% less water.

“What I like is that there’s an app for your phone,” Dave said. “It’s a pain to go into your garage or wherever to turn on various sprinkler zones. With the app, you can be standing in a zone and turn it on. You can use it for various watering needs – lawn, vegetables, roses, bushes, wherever.”

Intrigued about Mist? You view a demo video and another on how it’s impervious to mowers.

Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2015

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M-A grad Hannah Rosenfeld launches Kickstarter campaign for Buddy Watch

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Semester system colleges across America start classes over the next two weeks, which means that parents are parting ways with their kids and sending them into new and unfamiliar territory. For worried parents and discerning freshmen, news reports about crimes on and around campuses, especially in urban areas, are unavoidable. It’s no coincidence that a […]

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M-A grad Georgia Reid starts environmental-related company focused on capturing rainwater

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Since graduating from Menlo-Atherton High School in 2014, Georgia Reid has participated in a Global Citizen Year in Ecuador where she did an apprenticeship involving potable water. She’ll head off later this month to Lewis and Clark College in Portland, but her focus in the meantime is funding for Raindrop Box, a system to collect, store, […]

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M-A grads Greg Kalin and Rich Branning take ClosetClicks to its next phase

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You’ve got to give M-A grads and friends-since-Hillview-School-days Greg Kalin (left in photo) and Rich Branning credit for looking the part. If you’re going to start a women’s fashion website — ClosetClicks — it’s best to look sharp. “We do try to present ourselves in a certain way,” acknowledged Greg. The duo, along with Rich’s younger brother, […]

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Gift of learning is holiday offering by Menlo Park-based Curious.com

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Menlo Park-based Curious.com has launched a new program called the Gift of Learning which allows anyone to select from a variety of courses on Curious.com to find just the right fit for friends, family, or colleagues. “Learning is such a great gift,” said Curious.com CEO and founder, Justin Kitch (pictured). “So many material gifts start collecting dust […]

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M-A alums found online site that creates virtual closets that can be shared with friends

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Have you ever dreamed of having your very own virtual closet? Do you ever want to share your outfits with friends? Well if you do, Closetclicks is the perfect website for you. It is an online site that gives users the ability to create their own unique outfits and then share those designs with friends. Menlo-Atherton […]

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Bike+ cycling app developed by two accomplished cyclists to capture the whole ride experience

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Between them, James Mattis and Ted Huang have logged a lot of miles atop a bicycle. James is the 2011 World Amateur Road Race Champion and  2008 US Amateur Road Race Champion. An Olympian in windsurfing, Ted is the former team manager  for the Webcor Pro Cycling Team and former board member of the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition […]

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Hello Startups provides one-stop-shop access to business services and the investment community

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Mukul Agarwal and Marco ten Vaanholt know that they sit on somewhat hallowed ground. The recently opened Hello Startups Menlo Park facility is in the space once occupied by Willow Garage, a maker of robots that was good enough to leave behind a number of Beam Remote Presence Systems, a mobile videoconferencing platform (which, to be […]

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Spotted: People Play butterfly ads attached to construction fences

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We spotted the first group of paper butterflies attached to a fence near the abandoned car dealership on El Camino near Middle Avenue in Menlo Park. Then we saw another on a construction fence at Valparaiso and El Camino. We think it’s an eye catching way to advertise. Smart idea, People Play, which offers online classifieds for entertainment […]

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Cars come hurtling at Menlo Park start up Statricks not once but twice

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John Freier (pictured above), founder of start up Statricks located on Haven Avenue in Menlo Park, believes he’s lucky to be alive.  But he also feels a bit snake bit as cars keep crashing into his building. He tells the story: “At about 2:00 am Saturday, February 15, a drunk driver plowed off the road in […]

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Local startup – PeerVids – founded on idea that teens learn best from other teens

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Based on the premise that teens learn best from other teens, a group of high school students and recent high school graduates from Menlo Park, Atherton, Woodside, and Portola Valley recently launched a startup. The company, PeerVids, makes online educational videos taught by high school students with the subject matter correlating directly with the textbooks and courses […]

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