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Articles tagged with: electrical usage

Google Invests $280M On Solar Panels

Google has spent over $700 million so far this year on clean energy. The money will directly fun the installer, SolarCity to offer solar powered systems to homeowners for no down payment. In exchange, customers will have to pay a fixed price for the power produced by the panels.

Google will earn a return on investment by charging SolarCity interest to use its money, allowing Google to also take the benefits of federal and local renewable energy tax credits.

Ubiquitous’ Technology For Improved Lives

At the Embedded Systems Expo, Ubiquitous demonstrated a power strip that features a built-in Wireless LAN called the iRemoTap. This power tap can display the power status of devices that are connected to it from either a PC or a mobile phone, giving users the added option of switching the power on and off remotely. Ubiquitous has its own OS and the people at the company specialize in developing software for embedded systems.

The OS runs on only a few kilobytes and the operating system uses a serial connection. The sensor systems can be accessed easily via wireless LAN. With this power-strip, users will be able to turn off devices they had forgotten about and receive an email or tweet if the power consumption goes over a set point.