The MeterPlug Tracks How Much Electricity You Consume By Appliance.

The MeterPlug app screenshot.The MeterPlug is an energy tracking adapter that sits in between an electrical outlet and your appliances. Once connected, the MeterPlug lets you monitor your appliance’s power consumption data in real time and gives you the ability to turn off appliances that are not in use via the MeterPlug app. Using the app, the makers of the MeterPlug determined that a 50″ Sony LED TV consumed a nutty $18.25 worth of electricity in standby mode.

The MeterPlug is currently on fundraising site Indiegogo. [GigaOM]

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Hay-Sous! Just Sell Me An LED Light Bulb Without Smartphone Control And That Other Unnecessary Crap.

Insteon Networked Dimmable LED Light BulbIt’s like cracking nuts with a sledgehammer. I’m so tired of hearing about overly complicated green products that make us unnecessarily consume more in order to consume less. Crave posted an article, Control this LED bulb with a smartphone, about the $29.99 Insteon networked and dimmable LED light bulb. The Insteon LED light bulb can be dimmed and turned on/off by a remote control or with the addition of a $99.99 Insteon SmartLinc Hub, controlled via a iOS or Android mobile device.

Getting an LED light bulb: good. Super-sizing your Insteon LED with the SmartLinc Hub just so you can monkey-around with it with your smartphone: dum. [Crave]

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2XL Games’ XLR8 App For iOS And Android Will Make Your EV Sound Like It Has A Pair (Inside Car Only)

Now, if you could only blast outside your Nissan Leaf what you’re hearing inside with 2XL Games’ XLR8 app…

The XLR8 app uses the accelerometer in your iPhone or Android device to track your speed, braking and cornering. It then converts your driving data and lets you hear through your car’s audio system* the sounds of driving a V-8 muscle car that shotgun’s fuel versus sipping or not consuming it at all. It’s the spanx / toupee for your EV or hybrid.

For an additional fee, you can unlock the engine sound produced by Ferrari, Lamborghini, NASCAR vehicle and Ford GT40. Giddy up! [Wired]


* XLR8 App is compatible with Bluetooth or wired connections

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