Alasdair Gauld (gauld23)
University of Dundee
University of Dundee, Nethergate,
DD1 4HN Dundee,
year of making
Many of us are unaware of the amount of energy we use in a typical working day. Thinking-WATT is an energy saving device, which conveniently sits on the desk, and by using ambient light it indicates the different levels of energy use. If the employee is running too much energy at one time, flashing lights located on the front of the device alerts them to the fact they need to cut back on unnecessary use.
To activate the device the employee inserts a mobile phone to gain power to their individual working areas. The reason for the phone acting as the switch is that it's a piece of personal equipment the user will always pick-up when leaving the office, so switching off all electrical devices. Companies lose thousands of pounds every year through employees leaving machines switched on overnight and this device prevents this happening. As energy is an important part of company expenditure, Thinking-WATT updates every employee’s daily usage onto the network for easy viewing.