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That's where Shwetak Patel and his team come in.
They've designed sensors that figure out what's being "lost in translation" in your house.
Shwetak Patel says: Each appliance kind of has its own noise signature, or a sound, or a tone. And by picking up that noise or that tone, you can figure out one appliance from another, because each one is so different.
The same is true for water, with water pressure setting the, well.... tone.
The sensor compiles the data on a website. Based on what you see, you can change how you act.
The goal is to help people know how much energy and wtaer they're consuming, and how much it's costing them.
People say, "I really want to save energy, but I don't really know how to do it." We help people make better decisions, because we tell them what they need to focus on.
But it doesn't just stop with your house.
Shwetak Patel says: What we are trying to do is empower people to make better decisions. You know, it could be in energy, but a lot of the the stuff we are working on now is also in health.
Today your house, tomorrow maybe your heart.
You'll just have to know how to listen.
Monday, April 23 2012, 05:33 PM CDT
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