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Closing Statement from Tore Land, Director, GE Ecomagination Challenge

We at GE want to give our heartfelt thanks to the TED community for participating in this conversation. Your ideas and insights -- ranging from home automation and discussions about a two-way grid to apps and gaming methods that can drive behavior change -- have been fascinating to read and stimulating to respond to.

On a personal note, as the host of this conversation, I want to thank you for your participation and fresh thinking here. And on behalf of the whole ecomagination Challenge team, we look forward to working with you to help imagine and build technology that can meet these pressing environmental challenges.

GE believes widespread adoption of clean energy technology will start in the home. And we believe the second phase of the ecomagination Challenge will help drive that change. We invite you to continue to follow this project via our website:


We're currently reviewing the submissions to the challenge and, together with our partners, will evaluate the most innovative. We'll be announcing the winners next month -- stay tuned for the announcement!

Home energy is a critical global challenge, and we want the TED Community to know we are committed to building -- and scaling up -- innovative solutions.

Thank you for letting us pick your brains!

Tore Land
Director, GE ecomagination Challenge

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  • Feb 16 2011: Here are my ideas:

    1. Home Hub (optional, but a much cleaner setup)- Create a framework/hub within the home that can be expanded on. Leviton has wall media enclosures that would be perfect for this at http://www.leviton.com/OA_HTML/ibeCCtpSctDspRte.jsp?section=10345&minisite=10027. Design a unit that easily allows modules (plug computes) to be plugged into it.
    2. Modules - Use SheevaPlugs and GuruPlugs found at http://www.globalscaletechnologies.com/p-22-sheevaplug-dev-kit-us.aspx for the necessary computing power to run certain application servers such as power monitoring, home automation, phone system, etc. These plug computers take 3 watts of power on idle (I think 8 watts max) and run a 1.2Ghz processor. http://www.marvell.com/ is the company behind plug computing and it's a completely open hardware and software platform.

    The modules discussed in item 2 would plug into your home hub. So, if you want home automation server, file server, power usage server, phone system, etc plug it into your hub... easy takes 1 step. The dev kit for the SheevaPlug cost $100, but much cheaper if you order them in bulk. This is something I've been working on with the company I just started. All of this can be done today with existing technology and be ready for the masses in months.

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