This week on the GeekWire radio show and podcast, we talk about Apple’s new Mac OS X Lion ushering in a new trend in computing; explore the implications of Zillow’s IPO; and debate the relative merits of a new windshield display technology from MicroVision.
Our guest in the studio is Shwetak Patel, an assistant professor of computer science and electrical engineering from the University of Washington, who has figured out how to use voltage noise on home electrical systems to monitor the energy usage of specific appliances and devices, and also how to use home wiring as an antenna to receive signals from sensors around the home.
In our final segment, we have a blockbuster installment of our Name that Tech Tune contest, featuring a chance to win an HTC Sensation device from T-Mobile USA.
Stories and links related to the subjects we discussed …
Shwetak Patel: UW researcher Shwetak Patel chosen as Microsoft Research faculty fellow … Shwetak featured in July issue of Wired magazine … Details on Belkin’s acquisition of Zensi … Sensors use building’s electrical wiring as antenna. Shwetak’s UW home page.