The holy grail of in home power monitoring is set to be released by Intel. Today, they showed off a small black box that plugs into a single power outlet and presumambly by watching the home’s grid for changes in energy input it is able to detect and monitor what appliances are being used and for how long. The data is then sent wirelessly to a machine running the MeeGo operating system, a joint venture between Intel and Nokia, and can be reviewed in a variety of formats to help the home owner adjust their energy consumption. The system can also be connected to a home’s HVAC system letting users control lighting, thermostat and other home systems.
Mary Murphy-Hoye, an Intel engineer has had the opportunity to test the system in her home and noted that she could tell when her son was playing Xbox at times when he wasn’t supposed to.
As of now the sensor system is in a prototype stage. A future iteration of the device could possibly automatically adjust the home’s systems, although additional details about this function were not discussed during the time of release.