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steven landau

new york, ny, United States

Design instructor

Member since September 08, 2008

  • interesting idea about plugs....


    In response to Blue Sky Concepts, posted by Serdar Gizer,
    in the thread Blue Sky Concepts


    Hi Serdar, I don't know exactly the nature of this assignment, but I like what I see in your sketches. I am especially intrigued by the idea of augmenting existing power plugs to add data about energy consumption. While this would require retrofitting all of the existing receptacles, it is not really that difficult, because the box inside the wall and the face plate on the surface of the wall would not need to change, just the socket itself. I know that there are ways of sending information over power lines, or even plumbing, without having to add additional cables. So, my next questions are: how does this work, what added value does it bring that justifies the expense of swapping out all of these outlets, and who pays for that? How would the data you collect be processed, and what kind of feedback could be generated by an automated system that would provide advice to the homeowner about how to reduce costs associated with power consumption? Or, could the house be configured to turn things on or off, or dim lights or turn off the AC depending on data collected autonomously by your apparatus? It could be an amazing invention, with significant market pull, if you can demonstrate that savings accrued through use of the system would pay for its implementation. steven

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