Seattle Business magazine has announced the winners of its 2010 Top Innovators Awards. And the cover boy is … UW CSE’s Shwetak Patel!
“You probably don’t know it yet, but each appliance in your home sings its own particular song. Recognizing that song could help households cut their energy consumption. Shwetak Patel and his students at the University of Washington have developed intelligent in-home sensors that are able to differentiate between different appliances … Using such devices, consumers can see what appliances are using energy and take measures to reduce their use … The technology can also help utilities create incentives …”