Two Stanford students rethink the light switch

Peter Russo and Brendan Wypich have found a way to combine the Ambient Orb, the EcoPedal, and the competitive utility bill into one amazing nudge. As second year master’s students in the Stanford Design Program, the two have designed what they are calling a SmartSwitch, which lets people know how much energy they are using, not through colors, but through tactile feedback. It was recently named a semi-finalist in the Greener Gadgets Design Competition. We asked the two to describe their technology in a guest post for the Nudge blog. If you like the idea, you can vote for SmartSwitch here.

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  • http://www.pinnacledisplays.com Steve Booth

    i clicked though because of your title (it mentioned Stanford). I don’t quite get their light switch (does it shock you if you turn up the light too much? :) ). But I do know that two years ago I switched from incandescent bulbs to CFLs and they use about 75% less electricity I think. I know our electric bill has dropped substantially, and the light switch “feels better” when we use it. :) Go Stanford! ~ Steve Booth

  • http://designandbehaviour.rsablogs.org.uk/ Jamie

    Thanks for highlighting this. I’ve written a brief post on how SmartSwitch fits into the Persuasive Technology discourse (also arising from Stanford) here if any other readers are interested:

    http://designandbehaviour.rsablogs.org.uk/2009/02/26/a-tactile-feedback-giving-network-enabled-lightswitch/

  • http://www.smashhitdisplays.com Tom Booth

    Wow, that is an amazing advancement – good job guys!