Apple Patent Suggests Move Into Smart-Home Energy Management

by | Jan 15, 2010

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apple logoFollowing the footsteps of Microsoft, Google and Intel, Apple is getting into the smart-home energy management sector.

Apple has filed a patent application for a system that relies on HomePlug Powerline Networking, which turns ever power outlet in a building into a conduit for data, as well as audio and video, reports MacDailyNews.

The technology may be applicable to small businesses too.

Apple’s Smart Home Energy Management Dashboard System would feature an illustrative touch-screen display for managing power consumption, including defining power consumption of new processes and representing power costs, reports Patently Apple.

Intel just last week introduced its Home Energy Management Dashboard, reports Patently Apple.

Last June, Microsoft launched Hohm, its online application that helps consumers better understand their energy usage and get recommendations for energy savings.

Last February, Google unveiled Google PowerMeter, a prototype Web application that displays home energy consumption broken down by appliance. The software requires “smart” meters that provide real-time information to both the utility and the customer.

Here’s a video illustrating the Home Plug Powerline Networking concept.

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