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Make Pt1750
This is new… google has a hardware based “Google PowerMeter prototype” with demo project… No hardware shots yet…

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The twittering power meter that Limor and I made uses the app engine, maybe they’ll add it. Anyone at google interested?
http://www.ladyada.net/make/wattcher/index.html
http://wattcher.appspot.com/history?user=adawattz@gmail.com
http://wattcher.appspot.com/
http://twitter.com/tweetawatt

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Is it just me or is that graph missing something….
    12A->6A->12P->6P->12A->6P->12P

  2. ThinkSketch says:

    As solar technology steadily improves, and as stimulus money gets channeled into the green power industry, soon a significant percentage of power will come from individuals and small power farms. Hard to imagine now? Sound greenwashed? Solar panels already pay for themselves after just a few years. In ten years crowdsourced power will be a completely new market and Google (as usual) is putting themselves in the position to be the manager of that market. This is big stuff.
    More: http://thinksketch.wordpress.com/2009/02/10/google-begins-infiltration-of-energy-market-for-good-or-for-awesome/

    -ThinkSketch

  3. Peter Horvath says:

    @ThinkSketch Off-the-grid power networks are an interesting evolution of new ways of managing your relationship with energy consumption. I believe anyone brave enough to pursue such a lifestyle is pioneer in reinventing how we operate with those who supply energy.

    I think devices like the kill-a-watt and Google’s proposed system are a step forward. What’s lacking however, is context for the end-user. They are not aware what it means to use X KWH vs. Y KWH. If there was someway to inform the user: “Hey, you used 8000 times more energy than a family in Africa today.” I think that will create a more successful gauge for power consumption.

  4. Crispin says:

    There is another option – Powometer.

    Currently only supports Wattson but that is changing.
    There is also a (open) interface which allows the integration of any devices over http / xml.

    Cheers,
    Crispin
    http://www.powometer.co.uk

  5. Alex says:

    We have been working on a complete list of home energy monitoring devices.

    The list con be found here!

    http://www.open4energy.com/technology/home_energy_saving_devices

    If you know of any others, or have used one and can comment on your experience please will you so that we can lean from each other