Toronto-based Zerofootprint is developing a new device for the home called the TalkingPlug that uses RFID technology to track how much energy a given appliance is using.
The device is plugged into a wall outlet first, and then an appliance is plugged in on top of it. An RFID chip installed in TalkingPlug records the appliance’s power usage in an online database viewable through Zerofootprint’s VELO Pulse software, allowing users to better manage their household’s energy expenditures.
TalkingPlug can also be programmed to power down idling devices to minimize wasted energy. The device is still in development with a projected price of $50 per outlet unit.
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