During the Studio Y fellowship at MaRS Discovery District, a group of us applied systems thinking to understand how consumers might change their behaviours for energy (specifically, electricity). The project partner for our work was HydroOne. Our group developed a way for individuals to understand their actions on a collective level.
The example product developed was Lumenbot. The robot was mounted on to a light switch, and using its servo motor, could then toggle the switch to be on or off. The idea here being that any consumer could easily add this to a switch, without needing an electrician. On the display, Lumenbot would show the amount and cost of electricity used, and have override commands if the grid was at peak capacity.
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