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Robots in your sink, pouring your water, and sharing secrets.

At this point, this paper is almost 10 years old, but in my quest to learn everything on the topic of ecofeedback, one must do some digging. I’m assuming at the time of this paper’s presentation LED lit faucets were not a thing you could just order off the internet – such is the steady march

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Upstream: People don’t know what will motivate them, until it does.

The article “UpStream: Motivating Water Conservation with Low-Cost Water Flow Sensing and Persuasive Displays” by Stacey Kuznetsov and Eric Paulos presents the results of research in a number of approaches to water conservation encouragement in both public and private environments. The goal of the project was not only to decrease water consumption at the point of

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Shower calendar: A thousand points of comparative water consumption.

In the article ” With a Little Help from a Friend: A Shower Calendar to Save Water,” by Matthias Laschke, Marc Hassenzahl, Sarah Diefenbach, and Marius Tippkämperwe, we are introduced to an ambient visualization tool which allows users of a shower to compare relative water savings within a household. The authors suggest that ambient feedback is “non judgmental” in that it does

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A Wee Water Saver: the Waterpebble

  The story goes that Paul Priestman, a director of design at Priestmangoode, conceived of this idea after reading a simple sign in a hotel bathroom. The sign asked to “Please Use Water Sparingly.” In one article I read he suggested the sign was stupid… but look what it lead to… not long after reading it, the

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Green Ticker: counting the number of water bottles NOT used.

Before class, I like to fill up a bottle of water so that I have something on hand in the event that my throat becomes parched from all the talking that one naturally does as a lecturer. Not so long ago McGill University‘s Bronfman building installed a new filling station to make it easier to

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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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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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“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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