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 company says it anticipates high-definition video for home security and other uses will be the next mature technology integrated into the IoT domain, hence the introduction of its MatrixCam devkit.
Siemens and Georgia Institute of Technology are partnering to address limitations in the current additive manufacturing design-to-production chain in an applied research project as part of the federally backed America Makes program.
Most of the new 3D printers and 3D printing technologies in this crop are breaking some boundaries, whether it's build volume-per-dollar ratios, multimaterials printing techniques, or new materials types.
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