It’s clear that Blossom has not just taken a leaf out of Nest’s design book, but has cribbed entire chapters. Apart from the demure coloring, this controller looks pretty much dead on for something Nest would make. I like it. It’s simple, futuristic, and definitely in line with the looks you’d expect from a 21st-century smart home.
For a device that has no screen and is basically just a box that has to be controlled from an app, the price does seem a little steep, but there may be something beyond that pretty skin that makes it worth the asking price.
Like the rest, it uses weather forecast data to figure out when to water your garden. The interesting thing to me is that it not only supports WiFi, but also powerline communication.
That’s such an obviously useful feature for a device that is meant to go outside a house, that I am surprised we don’t see it a lot more. Sprinkler controllers often go where the WiFi is least likely to reach. The amount of data they need to shift is usually very little, which means weak WiFi is not the end of the world, but powerline networking will give you rock-solid reliability.
I like that Bloom was able to make this look like a fancy home automation futuristic gadget, while still maintaining its toughness against outdoor weather. That’s something special and I tip my hat to them.
Sounds wonderful, right? Well, it turns out that many customers have found the Blossom to be a bit of a disaster. The smart water seems to actually be sort of stupid. It also doesn’t help that the customer service guys don’t really communicate all that well. It all conspires to bring us a product with heaps of potential, but nothing to back it up.