Sarah Rich

DIY KYOTO'S WATTSON

by , 04/02/06

DIY Kyoto Wattson

When I first heard about DIY Kyoto, the literal meaning of the company’s name didn’t immediately strike me. But these designers are doing exactly what they say: creating products that make adhering to the Kyoto Protocol a do-it-yourself endeavor. They began their mission with the Wattson.

The Wattson allows you a direct and simple means of understanding just how much energy your home consumes. The gadget has a sensor which takes a measurement of overall domestic energy consumption as well as assessing individual appliances. It displays the reading as a number and also “non-verbally,” with an ambient red light that dims according to how much power your electronics are sucking through the outlets (which makes it a great educational and interactive nightlight for kids).

On top of its utility, the Wattson has a lovely clean wood meets space-age design – not the kind of device you want to hide in the closet.

The Wattson works wirelessly, so that you can take readings anywhere throughout the house, even for machines in Standby mode. You can learn about your power use in terms of wattage or in terms of costs (in this case, pounds). You may find your microwave costs you 50 pounds a year just to tell the time and wait for you to ask it to do something…

The device stores energy data, which can be downloaded onto your computer for long-term chronological reports on your home’s energy consumption. The computer connection also enables Wattson users to join online conversations about effective strategies for reducing energy use, and compare their own discoveries with those in similar domestic circumstances.

This week, DIY Kyoto launches the Wattson at Designersblock during the Milan International Furniture Fair. The Wattson can also be purchased online.

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4 Comments

  1. Quora March 14, 2011 at 10:24 am

    How much do smart meters get consumers to cut energy use, if at all?…

    I dont know the University of Delft’s study. What kind of information did the smart meter send to consumers? I strongly believe that ambient devices that bring cause and effect together will have a strong short- and longterm impact on behaviour. I am …

  2. Inhabitat » THE E... August 27, 2007 at 12:20 pm

    [...] this new hacked Energy Orb is great idea, and very similar in concept to the DIY Kyoto Wattson, an energy-monitoring device which we have covered before at Inhabitat. It doesn’t look like [...]

  3. Inhabitat » RIVER... June 12, 2007 at 9:47 am

    [...] glow at nighttime). A great way to be more green is simply to be more aware, like in the case of DIY Kyoto’s Wattson energy meter, or Natalie Jeremijenko’s pollution-sniffing dogs, and this project, architects [...]

  4. Inhabitat » KANSA... April 24, 2007 at 5:03 pm

    [...] Wattson sensor, which we’ve written about before, is an energy monitor from UK-based design studio DIY Kyoto [...]

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