Home Energy and Water Consumption Sensing

In Shwetak Patel’s Seattle home, it’s possible to turn on the lights, crank up the heat, and run the dryer—all while getting real-time feedback on the cost of his daily routine on a computer screen. Patel, a computer scientist at the University of Washington, is turning this knowledge into power. Or in this case, into less power. He’s working in the emerging field of ubiquitous computing, in which computers are everywhere—not just on our desks or in our pockets—and he’s using that concept to revolutionize home energy conservation. Read more: Knowledge Is Power