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atct-tours-calplug-thumbThales, an international company based on developing electronics, visited CalPlug for a tour of the facilities and demonstrations on CalPlug’s research. Thales develops electronic based solutions for the aerospace, space, defense, security and transportation markets.

Touring the CalPlug facilities, the guests from Thales were able to experience demos of the Wall of Power and the Kilowatt Hour Challenge, and learn about CalPlug’s research of plug load signatures, set top boxes, and smart sleep.

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Alan Downs, 1.23.13

wop-icce2013-thumbTaking place immediately after CES, the IEEE’s International Conference on Consumer Electronics (ICCE) is host to several different companies and researchers at the industry’s forefront, which attend ICCE to share the latest designs and technological breakthroughs in consumer electronics. CalPlug was invited to ICCE, and attended to set up a working display and demonstration for the audience to experience.

Always ready to surpass expectations, CalPlug unveiled the latest version of the Wall of Power (WoP) at ICCE. The WoP was designed to maximize the consumer’s awareness of energy efficiency in electronic devices by utilizing a user friendly Android tablet application which interacts with the main physical-virtual environment. The physical-virtual environment was developed to highlight the energy usage and cost associated with using common electronic devices, while presenting this information in an easily understood manner.

Additionally, the newest WoP utilizes a new product database, allowing consumers to choose electronic devices based on factors such as price, performance and energy efficiency. The new product database gathers information about electronic devices from the Energy Star database, Amazon product database, and CNET user reviews, which allows for an accurate and diverse selection of devices to choose from. These new features all work seamlessly together in an attempt to educate more consumers about the energy efficiency of their electronic devices. Overall, the audience enjoyed CalPlug’s demonstration and agreed that the WoP is a viable approach to promote consumer awareness.

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-Alan Downs, 1.18.13

ces2013-thumbStarting off the new year with a bang, the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is the largest of its kind. Traveling in from all over the world, people attend CES to experience the latest and greatest technological offerings from consumer electronics and technology based companies. Several team members of CalPlug attended this year’s CES with hopes of learning what new technologies are emerging, and if manufacturers are becoming more conscious about energy efficiency when designing their newest products.

The major companies like Samsung, LG, Panasonic, Sharp seemed to focus on trends consisting of new display sizes and technologies, mobile devices and the connected smart home environment that links a household’s appliances and technology together. Seemingly, their efforts were focused on these product displays and demonstrations in order to push these trends into the spotlight.

Although energy efficiency information wasn’t readily displayed for most products, some manufacturers did highlight this information on some of their products, like the following television display panels. LG’s new 84” display claims a usage of 310 watts of power. Panasonic’s new 55” LED panel showed it was using around 85 watts of power, which is almost a 30% improvement over last year’s model. Sharp’s new IGZO display panel claims to be about 80%-90% more efficient than a conventional display.

Innovation in electronic devices is heavily driven by consumer demand, so perhaps the key to promoting energy efficiency as more of a primary selling feature would be to work with manufacturers and educate consumers to drive demand. Through these methods, CES 2014 hopefully will showcase even better consumer electronics that are also focused on energy efficiency.

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-Alan Downs, 1.12.13