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Energy Dept. offers prize to create mobile apps that already exist
Daily Calller ^ | 4/5/12 | Paul Conner

Posted on 04/05/2012 6:30:56 PM PDT by Nachum

The Department of Energy announced Thursday a $100,000 prize for software developers to come up with mobile applications to tell consumers how much energy they are using.

But there’s already an app for that.

A quick scan of the iTunes and Android markets shows nearly two dozen existing applications that accomplish the same purpose — helping users keep track of their energy consumption at home.

The uMeter app, for example, allows consumers with Wi-Fi-enabled home energy meters to “manage and optimize their energy consumptions, in order to reduce their expenses and carbon footprint,” according to the description. Similarly, the Home Master app gives iPhone and iPad users the ability to control their lights and curtains from a mobile device.

“You can define lighting scenarios and get real time information on energy consumption and energy savings,” the developers at Think Sample S.p.a. wrote at the iTunes App Store.

Facebook, the social media giant, released a similar app Thursday in partnership with the nonprofit Natural Resources Defense Council and software company Opower.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailycaller.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: apps; dept; energy

1 posted on 04/05/2012 6:31:06 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Nachum

they gotta spend to get them votes!


2 posted on 04/05/2012 6:32:32 PM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Nachum

Since when has the fact that a solution already exists, or isn’t needed deter the gummint from pissing away money on it? Certainly not in the Age of Porkulus.

Look at this as a way of providing work for those untold millions of unemployed Android and iOS programmers out there...


3 posted on 04/05/2012 6:34:39 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: Nachum

Geez, those people at the Energy Dept are soooo 17 seconds ago


4 posted on 04/05/2012 6:35:24 PM PDT by kevslisababy
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To: Nachum

Bump


5 posted on 04/05/2012 6:40:22 PM PDT by lowbridge (Rep. Dingell: "Its taken a long time.....to control the people.")
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To: Nachum

I think I’m going to stand in front of the open refrigerator for a while and think about all the ways to save electricity. At least I’ll know I’m smarter than these idiots.


6 posted on 04/05/2012 6:43:19 PM PDT by Track9 ("Strength through peace.. oh wait, I mean.." Mit Romney)
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To: Nachum

Wonder how they are going to work that 100 gs into laundering money and where it will go.


7 posted on 04/05/2012 6:49:42 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Nachum

This is the kind of crap that needs to end, along with all forms of corporate welfare


8 posted on 04/05/2012 6:50:10 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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