Could big data lower your power bill?
Just as consumers are turning to mobile apps to track vital signs and manage their personal health, researchers believe that smart grid and sensor-based data collection technologies in homes could help people better manage their monthly utility bills.
“The more sensors that you have in the home, the more your home begins to look like an OnStar system,” said Pecan Street Inc. CEO Brewster McCracken. “These sensors could trigger a check engine warning light for the home.”
The full interview with McCraken can be found here, where talks about how smart grid and sensor technologies can help families curb consumer energy use.
Tablet and Smartphone Design on Flickr.
Leading up to Computex 2011 in Taipei, Tawain, several analysts will expecting to see a redo of last year’s event, where a flood of new me-too tablets were revealed and many never hit the market. IDC’s Mario Morales told me he the event would be “an evolution of where they (companies) have so far failed in the areas of smartphones and tablets.” That’s harsh, but he also points out there are many opportunities for companies to built tablets and leverage core strengths: like RIM’s excellent, secure email service and HP’s deep knowledge of the enterprise. Other analysts I’ve read and talked to, like CCS Insight’s John Jackson, are excited about what’s possible, like contextually mobile services becoming more mainstream through smartphones and tablets. One common criticism or recommendation was that tablet makers can not rely to heavily on hardware, but need to take a complete system, software and services approach. Here’s a round up of analyst comments and a video from Intel Free Press: Tech Analysts Disappointed in Tablet Innovation http://intel.ly/ikBheh.
Recent data shows tablet sales of tablets actually declined last quarter and that Apple’s nearly 100% market share has now less than 60%, according to a report in Netbook News.