Thursday, September 22, 2011

Did I Leave the Iron On? There's An App For That

Technologist Wins 'Genius' Award For Sensor Tech - MSNBC 9/20/11

This guy is going to make tons of money. A clever idea and technology to really make people understand where their energy is going and how it is being used. Shwetak Patel has come up with an ingenious way to recognize certain electronic components and mechanical devices in our households by the signatures they give when they pull energy (electricity or water usage). This, in turn, allows the user to monitor which devices are using energy and how much. This will also allow manufacturers to refine their products even more by knowing exactly the energy uses during which cycles and utility companies can get a better handle on the types of usage and when their customers are pulling energy. Really cool. I can see this being an App on your phone where you can see if you left the iron on that morning. cool.

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