Google PowerMeter

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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

10 thoughts on “Google PowerMeter

  1. 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

  2. @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.

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