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Power Agent: Playing mission possible

Here is another eco-feedback tool developed by the fine folks of Sweden’s experimental Interactive Institute (the people behind the Power Aware Cord). In the paper  “Evaluation of a pervasive game for domestic energy engagement among teenagers,” authors Anton Gustafsson and Magnus Bång present a mobile phone game called Power Agent, which targets teenagers and their families. The game is designed to

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Art + Technology = Happy Spinning Trees

Tiffany Holmes is a media artist and an Associate Professor of Art and Technology at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and as part of her doctoral thesis she developed and deployed an eco-feedback tool for the workplace.  With the piece 7000 oaks and counting (2006-2009) Holmes looks to answer the question “Can creative visualizations of real time energy

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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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