If Intel has its way, its technology will soon be inside not just your personal computer but inside another piece of technology that is way more ubiquitous: the panel you use to control the heat or air-conditioning in your home or office.
This week, at the Intel Developer Forum in China, the company is showing off concept technology for controlling your personal energy consumption through a control panel that talks to sensors plugged in throughout your household and that could be accessed directly or over the Internet. The sensors would keep tabs on electricity usage and collect usage patterns . . . so you can see how your consumption compares to the norm.
Justin Rattner, Intel's Chief Technology Officer, says that if only 1 million of the 110 million to 115 million households in the United States made an effort to manage their personal energy consumption, the nation could avoid burning roughly 370,000 metric tons of coal. Rattner is careful to characterize the technology as a concept right now, although Intel is exposing the idea to developers with the hope that they will begin working on applications.
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