EE Times reports Intel touted personal energy management at the IDF in Beijing this week:
"We were a part of the technology industry that ushered in the era of the personal computer," CTO Justin Rattner said in a keynote address. "We want to be a part of the technology industry that ushers in the era of person energy management."
One of the biggest stumbling blocks to implementing personal energy management is that smart meters being installed by utilities either do not communicate with household appliances or, if they do, they require that appliances be upgraded or retrofitted with sensors and communications lines.
Meantime, Intel has designed its own smart energy sensor that plugs into any outlet and uses a training mode to learn the electronic signatures of household appliances on a circuit. By turning each household device on and off three times, software algorithms can detect the electronic fingerprint of household devices. It then tracks and monitors energy usage without having to install or retrofit hardware.