An Institute for Information Industry invention dubbed Internet Smart Energy (In-Snergy) was selected as one of the top inventions of the year at the 49th R&D 100 Awards in Orlando, Florida, on Thursday.
In-Snergy is a smart energy-saving appliance that uses cloud technology software to monitor and manage energy usage. The appliance allows users to track and analyze energy usage on electronic devices and remote Internet server tools.
The iSocket device that comes with the appliance helps calculate and measure electric current flows.
Users can check home energy use any time and anywhere with the new technology, and they can even be notified if a power switch has not been turned off.
Some Taiwanese convenience stores, factories and hotels are already using the In-Snergy appliance and the institute hopes its use can be expanded to supermarkets, shops and homes in the future.
The institute has found that the software is effective in reducing energy use in office buildings by 27 percent.
The principal developer of the device, Chuang Chi-cheng, said it was inspired by an electrical fire 10 years ago in which his home in Kaohsiung was consumed by flames.
Chuang has been dedicated to researching electrical safety ever since.
The annual award was established in 1963 by US technology magazine R&D to pick the 100 most innovative inventions of the year out of thousands of entries from around the world.
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