With so many devices and appliances being plugged into the home, it can be hard to keep tabs on energy usage. And although there are quite a few existing energy automation solutions available or on the horizon, home energy management systems are still hampered by proprietary solutions limiting their use and adoption.
What's notable about this preview from Sharp isn't necessarily the wi-fi based appliance and device home controls via tablet, nor energy consumption data feedback. Both have been released by various other manufacturers. Sharp's push for a industry wide standard for home automation and energy management systems is notable because it could possible unshackle a robust energy management technology from brand specificity, bringing these features to the forefront for widespread adoption instead of a reliance upon proprietary systems which currently require choosing one solution/devices over another (think wi-fi standards adopted by various manufacturers). If Sharp's initiative for an industry standard comes to fruition, we can imagine these products/solutions going from niche to widely adopted, especially with rising energy costs and the proliferation of tablet devices. The question would be, would Sharp the license out an app to other devices besides Sharp built tablets?
Current energy management and monitoring systems offer either seriously simply/limited capabilities or brand specific solutions that often require professional installation.
Via The Verge