A nicely done article on Shwetak Patel’s MacArthur Fellowship.
“Patel earned this award for his innovative work with a series of sensor-technology systems, specifically for the home. These low-cost, user-friendly sensors can be used to monitor electricity and water consumption, broken down to the individual fixture and appliance simply by plugging one into the wall. Users can see which areas of the home are responsible for the highest percentage of use, allowing them to specifically target those gadgets and conserve water and energy more effectively.”
Read more here.