Aussie student creates Triad wallmounted energy monitor

first_imgWith the world finally coming to realize that electricity for the most part is created with finite resources, people are looking for inventive ways to cut back on their usage. One such concept device that might help fit the bill is called the Triad: a wall mountable infographic created by Aussie student Erica Pozzey. It brings energy conservation in to the digital age by monitoring your power usage in regards to the goals you set to cut back. It then gives you real-time status updates that will alert you to shut off a couple of lights or to use the more economic settings on your appliances.Pozzey created the Triad concept when she realized that she could leverage the digital culture of engagement that we live in to help create transparency in our energy usage. By being reminded constantly yet quietly about the rate of consumption, people tend to pay more attention and try to adjust their usual behaviors to cut back. Add to that the fact that the Triad is a web-enabled device that can post your results online for other people to compare with, and you can begin to see that Pozzey’s goal was to create a low-level social game to motivate the masses into conservation. The brilliance behind this idea is what won Pozzey two major Australian design awards handed out to students who show promise.To use the Triad, you simply hang the unit on your wall, then use the touchscreen to adjust how much you would like to cut back on your consumption. From there, when the device senses that you are on track to go over, it lights up to give you a warning to reduce the amount of power being burned. Right now the Triad device is just a concept. Pozzey has a mockup she has finished that comes complete with box and packaging. There is no information as to how the unit connects to your home to monitor usage, but I imagine there has to be some sort of wireless bridge connected to the meter attached to the house. Hopefully we will see a finished product in the near future to play with ourselves.Read more at the Queensland University of Technology site, via PhysOrg.last_img

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