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Energy UFO uploaded to the iPhone App Store

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We have uploaded the Energy UFO iPhone/iPod application to the iPhone App Store for approval. It will be interesting to find out how long it is going to take to get approval and what bumps we encounter along the road. It took some work to prepare the app, I can tell you that!

Energy UFO provides visual feedback of electricity consumption and its cost, as determined by data received from connected Visible Energy UFO powerstrips. By providing data to consumers on what electricity is used for, Energy UFO assists in energy conservation through increased awareness and behavioral changes.

The Visible Energy UFO is an electrical smart powerstrip of new conception and the Energy UFO application is the visual interface to the powerstrip. The electricity used by each of its four electrical outlets is measured and logged during usage. UFO powerstrips communicate over the power line and with an iPhone or iPod through a home network gateway. The individual powerstrips and their outlets can be programmed to turn on and off according to a daily schedule from the application. The electricity consumption and cost of aggregate and individual devices over several months is visualized in the UFO Energy application.

The application is fully functional and, for actual electricity measurement of home devices, requires the installation of Visible Energy UFO powerstrips and of a dedicated home network gateway. As configured after download, Energy UFO interacts with Visible Energy servers over the Internet simulating actual power usage of three UFO powerstrips. Once Visible Energy UFO powerstrips and the home gateway are installed, the application will automatically discover and interact with them to present the consumer’s actual electricity consumption and cost data.

Energy UFO will be available for download from the App Store free of charge.


Written by Marco G.

January 23, 2009 at 1:02 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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