Items tagged with Smart grids

When it comes to technology, “smart” is the new black: there are smart phones, smart cars, smart billboards, smart meters, smart grids, smart traffic lights. Everywhere you look, previously limited objects are getting hooked up with a microchip and some custom coding and becoming more interactive, more useful and sometimes more green. For example, smarts are being embedded into billboards so that the content of ads can change based on who is looking at it. In October in Tokyo, electronics giant NEC made headlines worldwide when it debuted billboards that use facial recognition to figure out the ages, gender and ethnicity of individuals in the crowd so it can tailor ads accordingly.... Read more...
Google wants to empower you with the knowledge of how your home appliances consume power. Combining grassroots efforts, "policy advocacy," "developing consumer tools, and even investing in smart grid companies," Google is looking to find ways to make consumers more informed about how they consume power. With this knowledge, Google hopes that people will use the information to find ways to cut back on their energy consumption in order to save money and lower their carbon emissions. Much of Google's efforts in this arena center around putting "real-time energy information" into the hands of consumers and utilities, with the creation and implementation of "smart grids" and "smart meters." Smart... Read more...