Just by coming to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this year, its first visit ever, GE was making a statement: The marriage of home appliances and technology – what GE calls “Smarter GE Appliances for a Smarter Home,” with a focus on reducing energy use and cost – had moved the company into the realm of consumer-electronics innovators.
In heralding its CES appearance, GE gave a nod to a wide range of technologies – including the outside-the-home WattStation electric-vehicle charger and an above-the-home small wind turbine – but most of the focus fell on the smart home, and on Nucleus in particular. This is the smart-meter connected system for collecting, storing and accessing household electricity use and cost data on a PC or smartphone. The company unveiled it with great fanfare inJuly 2010, and last month it was a big part of their announcement of a new Home Energy Management unit.
The company also said its appearance at CES would put a spotlight on the new GE energy display. Like Nucleus and the appliances that go with it, it’s stamped with the company’s trademarked “Brillion,” the technology that allows it to communicate with networked devices and the smart grid. Complementary to Nucleus, GE said, the energy display “gathers information from the smart meter and displays it in easy to understand formats.”
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