From Tainted Green:
Monitoring how much power your home uses isn’t just frugal but an “in” and green idea. Google and Microsoft are already players in the home energy market but Apple is looking to change the game with two patent applications.
There’s a simple reason for Apple to get into the smart grid market and that’s money. Cisco anticipates the smart grid market that includes smart appliances and smart meters to be bigger than the internet and valued at $100 billion.
Apple’s foray into smart meters is a lot like their launch of the iPod. MP3 players were already out in 2001, but Apple put their Steve Jobs spin on existing technology and ended up dominating the market.
The system leans heavily on HomePlug Powerline Networking, a method ….[more].