Companies and homeowners can now use the Internet to monitor the energy consumption of their appliances. Zerofootprint of Toronto has introduced the TalkingPlug, an apparatus that plugs into a regular electrical duplex receptacle outlet and enables two-way communication with the Internet. The device doesn't require users to rewire circuits or upgrade appliances.
The TalkingPlug sends appliance-specific energy consumption data to a local gateway for data collection and storage. Zerofootprint's interface visually displays the data using graphical meters. The Web-based software can analyze, compare and display trends on energy-consumption data. The software also allows users to remotely or automatically turn off appliances when not needed.
The Space Kid, 11, will be one of the first civilians to have his design manufactured in space by NASA, thanks to the City X Project, which inspires kids to think about new 3D-printed inventions that could be useful for humans living in space.
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