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The Nest thermostat learns what to do to keep you comfy. Hopefully it teaches you a thing or two in the process.

Energy savings could certainly use a little sex appeal. Enter the fine folks who helped develop the now ubiquitous iPod and iPhone – products that revolutionized the smart phone market and virtually insured that most North Americans carry a tiny computational device in their pocket or purse. It was only a matter of time before the

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GreenSweeper: Old game, new trait.

In the paper “GreenSweeper: A Persuasive Mobile Game for Environmental Awareness” authors Hui-chun Lin, Kah Liu, and Nithya Sambasivan present “a collaborative, mixed-reality, photo-based mobile game aimed at promoting environmental awareness” called Greensweeper. The aim of this particular game is to tie reflection to awareness raising, using play. Just as the name suggests, it has been modelled after the easily

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A sign of the times: The Pollution e-sign

In the paper “The Pollution e-Sign” Ben Hooker, William W Gaver, Anthony Steed, and John Bowers, present something of a manifested thought exercise. What if in the future, with an increasing array of types of environmental sensors, information was broadcast in a way that allowed those with mobile devises to sample the environmental readings that surrounded them. It’s

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Gauging energy use: the Ford SmartGauge

Hybrid cars have been a source for some innovation related to the visualization of energy use in cars. Ford’s 2010 Fusion and Mercury Milan hybrids are no exception, as they come equipped with “Ford’s SmartGauge with EcoGuide,” the result of a collaboration between Ford and world renowned design and innovation firm, IDEO. The analog speedometer is bookended by

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The Tree of Tenere: a tragic reminder to just behave.

In the paper “The Ténéré: Design for Supporting Energy Conservation Behaviors” researchers Ju-Whan Kim, Yun-Kyung Kim, and Tek-Jin Nam from the Department of Industrial Design at KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), we are presented the Ténéré, a small screen that is built into an electric power extension cord, which is meant to “support people’s energy conservation behaviors.” The small

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Design based on a theory of fun: The Bottle Bank Arcade

As if you needed another reason to love the Swedish, below is one of a series of viral videos put out a few years ago by The Fun Theory, in it you can watch an example of a recycling bin design that aims to make recycling glass bottles more fun. The game works such that

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Waste not: Weigh your Waste

In the 2009 conference paper ” Weigh your waste: a sustainable way to reduce waste,” authors  Alex A. Gartland and Paulina Piasek present an interactive waste disposal device, which helps users recycle and/or reduce waste in the home or work environment. The system they propose is made up of a digital scale that is embedded inside a large wheelie-style trash receptacle, along with a

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Thought for food: The Lambent Shopping Trolley Handle

lam·bent/ˈlambənt/ Adjective: 1. (of light or fire) Glowing, gleaming, or flickering with a soft radiance. 2. (of wit, humor, etc.) Lightly brilliant. Synonyms: sparkling – shining from Dictionary.com The fine folks from the UK-based Change Project have again developed an interesting tool to help us in the pursuit of healthier, more sustainable lives. The same group that brought us the

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UbiGreen: Eco-feeback on the go.

On average, the largest contributor to an individual’s CO2 emissions is personal transportation. In Canada, this represents more than 26 % of Canada’s total green house gas emissions. In the paper “UbiGreen: Investigating a Mobile Tool for Tracking and Supporting Green Transportation Habits” by Jon Froehlich, Tawanna Dillahunt, Predrag Klasnja, Jennifer Mankoff, Sunny Consolvo, Beverly Harrison, James A. Landay, the authors present the design, development

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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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