In this age of “going green” we’re all hearing more and more about ways to save energy. We’re also hearing news about smart appliances and home area networks (HANs) based on standards like ZigBee. HANs can include thermostats, smart appliances, energy meters, in-home displays, and more. Now, Digi is bringing it all together with their ConnectPort X2e home energy gateways. These devices can join your HAN and then establish a connection to utility companies to provide real-time energy analysis. What’s more, it can communicate with other devices on the HAN to make real-time changes.
The $105.00 3″x 3″x1″ device weighs just a few ounces and requires only 5 volts to operate. It is powered by an imbedded Linux OS which runs on the internal Freescale processor. This is crazy stuff… a home that saves you energy on the fly. Linux makes it possible. Who knew?