Just last week, MNN technology blogger Karl Burkart dived deep into Google Earth 5.0. This latest and greatest version of the popular Google application boasts a truly remarkable feature: Virtual maps of the underwater world that allow users to act out Jacques Costeau fantasies without having to reach for a snorkel.
This week, we come up for air with a development from Google that’s sure to delight landlubbers weighted down by heavy carbon footprints and astronomical monthly energy bills. Software developers have created the prototype for Google PowerMeter, a free, web-based application that’ll let you track household energy consumption in real-time.
The program is still in development for consumer use, so the intricacies of how exactly it works have not yet been published. Hardware for the system is also needed, which is perhaps the biggest step in getting PowerMeter off the ground. Explains Google’s Kirsten Olsen Cahill in the New York Times:
“We can’t build this product all by ourselves. We depend on a whole ecosystem of utilities, device makers and policies that would allow consumers to have detailed access to their home energy use and make smarter energy decisions.”
Via [The NY Times]