The subject of my thesis is almost defined. It will be a combination of the scenario’s I proposed before; a mix of social awareness and competition in a domestic setting. In the coming year I will produce a prototype that measures your power consumption at home and that of your friend(s). A good looking visualization will make you aware of your own energy usage and the difference with a comparable household. Due to social pressure, you will probably reduce your energy consumption.
That’s the main idea of what it should be capable of. I have a lot of ideas I would like to integrate in it but because of limited money and time I will have to make some hard decisions the coming days.
XBee’s or RFM12 ?
internet enabled ?
Pachube or Thingspeak ?
LCD display: numeric or matrix
or only LED’s ?
or perhaps a persistence of vision display ?