Saving energy is becoming fashionable, as well as frugal. LS Research is providing help for people who want to do more than swap out lightbulbs. Its Rate$aver energy usage rate monitor is a wireless, in-home display that shows consumption data from the home's utility meter. The unit itself is a power miser, operating as long as two years on two AA batteries. It also uses novel display technology that makes the data visible even after the power is turned off. It uses ZigBee, employing a 100 mW power amplifier that covers most homes without a repeater.
The Industrial Internet of Things may be going off the deep end in connecting everything on the plant floor. Some machines, bearings, or conveyors simply donít need to be monitored -- even if they can be.
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