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Eco Drop Shower: shorten your shower, or else.

So this is a new one for me: a proposed eco-feedback tool that appears to work on the premise that you might want to avoid discomfort (i.e. punishment), around the consumption of water. This would be for the people not easily swayed by the likes of water consumption tools such as Show me or Eco Showerdrop.

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Tidy Street: The word on the street about energy use

I know what you’ve been thinking: isn’t it ironic that so many eco-feedback tools designed to decrease energy use, also consume energy? Well, not given the actual definition of the term “ironic,” but it is  interesting to note that our reliance on electricity in computer-based feedback leads to minor amounts of electricity being consumed in the pursuit of a

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“Save energy or the bear gets it”

Anyone who has spent anytime considering environmental messaging will have noticed that the polar bear frequently being used as a symbol of the impact of global warming on the animal kingdom. Perhaps it’s no surprise then that eco-feedback designers might be interested in leveraging the concern that many people seem to have for the iconic giant white bear

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Infotropism: a plant-based approach to eco-feedback

In the paper “Infotropism: Living and Robotic Plants as Interactive Displays” the interdisciplinary team of David Holstius, John Kembel, Amy Hurst, Peng-Hui Wan, Jodi Forlizzi, present a living and robotic plant display as a tool to increase recycling. At the root of the process was the desire to use “living plants to convey information about human activity”  (p.2). This is an excellent opportunity for

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Eco Showerdrop: water savings by the drop

Much like the Show-Me, the commercially available Eco Showerdrop is a tool to help you better understand how much water you are consuming in the shower.  This product compares your consumption to the “recommended amount”  which is 35 liters, according to the information on the company’s website.  The digital display includes a duration of shower, volume in liters and an outline of a

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Power Aware Cord: making obvious the “power” in power bars.

The Power Aware Cord is a magnificent project by Anton Gustafsson and Magnus Gyllenswärd, part of the Static! team from Sweden’s experimental Interactive Institute. The piece works in much the same way as any other power bar, but has the added (glorious) feature of “a dynamic visualization along the cord where the current use of electricity is represented through glowing pulses, flow, and intensity

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EcoIsland: The global warming game!

In “EcoIsland: A system for persuading users to reduce C02 Emissions,” Chihiro Takayama at Master’s student at  Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan and Vili Lehdonvirta a PhD student at Helsinki Institute for Information Technology, Finland present a persuasive computer-based system aimed at helping families to shift their habits towards sustainability, with the aim of decreasing CO2 emissions.  The EcoIsland project

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Wattson: displays real-time energy use – while being “gorgeous”.

The Wattson Energy Monitor is a commercially available energy monitor, which displays energy use using both ambient and precise feedback (watts consumed and annual cost) consumed. The piece glows according the the level of energy being consumed: blue for low energy use, purple for average energy use, and red for high energy use. The system is made

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“Show-me”: Real-time water consumption in the shower

   In the 2009 paper ““Show-me”: Water consumption at a glance to promote water conservation in the shower” researchers Karin Kappel and Thomas Grechenig, both of the University of Vienna’s research group for Industrial Software (INSO), present an elegant solution to problem that most people haven’t the faintest idea about how much water they use while in

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Wn Wn: an eco-feedback tool for the office

This is a project that I completed as part of Concordia University’s year-end design exhibition, called “Formation,” which ran from April 19th – 22nd, 2012. Wn-Wn (from the expression “waste not, want not”) is a workplace eco-visualization tool meant to draw attention to organizational energy waste. The aim is to use real-time feedback to empower individuals

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