I would like to know.....
How much electricity does the flower consume? I bet its more than the standby LED on my TV (which we are told is the main cause of global warming, famine and disease)
An electronic flower has been designed that blooms in tune to your household’s electricity conservation in real time. wilting_flower_01 The Wilting Flower: from standing proud to shrinking violet The Wilting Flower wirelessly receives information from a transmitter that’s clipped onto your mains power supply. The flower …
... and have a micro-generator pushing current back into the grid? Does the plant revert to a seedling?
And I could have endless fun starting and stopping seti@home on my quad-core PC, watching the flower wilt, perk up, wilt, perk up... feel a link to the lapdancing story coming on...
Cool for an undergraduate, but useless for anything other than that. If you're that carbon conscious at least get real plant that absorbs some CO2. The real solutions lie in the hands of engineers - people drive gas guzzlers and fly halfway across the world billowing CO2 because thats the technology they have access to. This is simply a gimmick. A shame actually, might have been a nice kids toy if perhaps it bloomed at sunrise, or bloomed to the sound of music perhaps.
We should all buy one and display it somewhere prominently in our homes. That way we will know we've done our part for energy conservation and we can say authoritatively, by pointing at our flower, that this whole global warming thing is somebody else's problem. I'm so excited about this that I'm going to set aside an entire circuit just for it.
This can't be a coincidence - someone's suggesting we all install flowers that can move and communicate just before the BBC makes a "futuristic and electrifying" update of the Day of the Triffids?
I for one welcome our (thwack) ow! I'm blind! Aieeee........
Seriously - most people have no idea how much power different devices use. They probably don't bother to read the 'leccy bill properly as you don't really have a choice about paying it. I bet few have any idea what is making the numbers go up.
The most scientific solution is a visable meter in the living room but only geeks will want this and your avaerage punter won't understand the numbers. The flower works because it's simple to understand and people will get an emotional attachment to it. They will be proud to see it blooming. And when they switch the spin drier on will want to fill it so the flower recovers quickly rather than use lots of half-loads.
As a method of expaling the connection between cause (using power) and effect (higher bills/global warming) to the masses, this is brilliant.
It'll be wilting all the time, and I'd end up chucking it in the bin.
Besides, stuff all this and just build more CO2 friendly nuke generators and stop wasting money on the no-so-green-as-you-think wind farms. Problem solved and we can eat up all the juice we like then.
Yeah, I know, where to bury the waste. Superman surely can just lob it into the sun can't he?
Mine's the one with the inanimate carbon rod in the pocket.
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