FutureEverything 2015: Simple Smart Homes
Polish start-up Ecois.me is developing a smart home system that can track the energy efficiency of any electrical appliance in a household, providing alerts and cost breakdowns for users.
Unlike other smart energy devices, such as the Zuli Smartplug, Ecois.me works from a single device attached to a home's main electricity supply. From there, the system can automatically track individual appliances.
Speaking to Stylus at last month's FutureEverything conference in Manchester, founder Ivan Pasichnyk explained that each appliance produces its own energy footprint. "We can show how much power each device is using, and how much that costs," Pasichnyk said.
The service also sends alerts to warn users of a faulty appliance, or when a device has been left on for too long. "We can provide notifications – for example, if you forget to switch off the light, or leave the iron on," he said.
Ecois.me is a product of Eastern Europe's thriving start-up scene. The idea was developed at an off-grid, solar-powered hackathon run by Ukrainian green energy incubator Greencubator, and is backed by Hub:raum, the start-up investment arm of German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom. Ecois.me plans to launch a Kickstarter campaign in mid-April, with a view to raising more than €50,000 ($55,000).
Simple, streamlined services were a key focus for home automation providers at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show – read our Home Electronics report from the event for more. To discover more smart energy solutions, take a look at Eco Energy: Smarter Savers.