Describing Intel’s new Home Energy device as an iPad might be a stretch. Sure, it’s sleek and sexy, with a nice interface to boot, but it’s missing all the features we’ve come to expect since Apple’s raised the bar (Even with Intel’s Atom processor, it still runs on clunky Windows CE software, meaning no multitouch and laggy animations). However, it’s absolutely as worthwhile an investment as an iPad. According to a study by Intel and Wipro last year, the management system, which connects to appliances throughout your household to monitor energy consumption, will save an average of $471 annually.
The device can analyze which appliances are costing you the most money, make suggestions for replacements, and even calculate how long it would take to return your investment.
While still only a concept, Intel sees this as not only a home energy
management system, but also as a modern version of the refrigerator
whiteboard: It comes with a camera for you to leave messages for your
loved-ones. It’s also topped with an oddly large, but satisfying
off-switch, which snaps down like a director’s slate.