Alt.CES: Oregon Scientific’s wireless energy monitor

John Baichtal

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By John Baichtal

My interests include writing, electronics, RPGs, scifi, hackers & hackerspaces, 3D printing, building sets & toys. @johnbaichtal nerdage.net

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altCES1.jpgOne of the offerings at this year’s CES that caught my eye was Oregon Scientific‘s Advanced Wireless Appliance Manager. This basically works the same as an Energy Logger, but without the disadvantages of only one plug in and having to lean down to your outlet to see your totals (a problem the tweet-a-watt doesn’t have, BTW!). Its stand-out feature is that the display can be programed to receive the wireless signals from up to eight plugs throughout your house, totaling up the amounts spent each month. However, it appears to lack the robust logging technology some users may require. For instance, Extech’s EM100 has a SD card slot for exporting months worth of data, and comes with analysis software.

Available August/September for a MSRP of $80.

A display that can receive up to eight discrete wireless signals? I’d love to see what hardware hackers will do with this baby.

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