Energy Life includes a mobile phone application and an ambient interface that makes use of the home lighting and lamps as a means to communicate with the user. It provides feedback about consumption habits, and empowers users to become active and responsible consumers.
The efforts are part of a European Union research project that is creating new ways to allow consumers to follow and better understand their use of energy.
The technology developed in the project is being set up in two different pilot siÂtes â€“ one Nordic (Sweden/Finland) and one Southern European (Italy). In each site, studies are carried in a home environment. The research is highly multidisciplinary and combines a variety of approaches in the area of user studies, user-centred design and evaluation.