CES 2011: GE’s Smart Home And More

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.

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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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Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.

  • Donald

    Reliant Energy will be having a demo during CES where they will show how consumers can monitor their energy usage, which features smart meters, and ways of controlling your home with automation and connectivity. We will be able to control our homes while we are away.

  • Leslie

    Yeah, I saw Reliant’s display, and found it to be very informative. I would like to have a smart meter installed, so I could find out how I am using my energy. Bills can get expensive. I was really impressed with the demo.

  • Ted Leonard

    I read that Smart Meters like Reliant Energy’s will also enable cutting-edge technology in homes, like Smart thermostats, Smart appliances and Smart homes. So I guess it’s like the baby step to getting to a mainstream smart house.