An EnergyLife app smartphone application developed through BeAware, a EU funded project, LED by the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology (HIIT), in Finland aims to bring gaming dimensions to energy awareness to reduce power consumption.
The app has helped householders in Finland, Sweden and Italy reduce their electricity consumption by up to 19%.
Householders do not always know how much energy they consume. To help improve their awareness, the EnergyLife app was developed through BeAware, an EU funded project, LED by the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology (HIIT), in Finland.
There are incredible energy saving user interface lessons to be gained from good hybrid car gas consumption displays. Driving my Honda Civic Hybrid becomes the ultimate energy game: saving money, beating personal records, and building upon previous accomplishments. A digital display reports lifetime mpg (48.8 for 100,000 miles in my case) while the bar graph reports current instantaneous consumption. It becomes an unconscious biofeedback process: when the bar retreats to the left (bad MPG), lift the gas pedal foot to reduce gas consumption. A functional display like that makes it possible to save energy without even thinking about it.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.