14 Feb '12, 2pm

The Ambient Orb Gets ZigBee Connected: Ambient Devices was a media darling of the early home energy managem...

The Ambient Orb Gets ZigBee Connected: Ambient Devices was a media darling of the early home energy managem...

Ambient Devices was a media darling of the early home energy management tech scene, with its MIT pedigree and promise of capturing people’s “pre-attentive awareness” via glowing orbs, umbrella handles, scoreboards and other everyday objects of the modern age to get them to change their behavior -- like wasting energy. Then came the home energy management flood , with dozens of startups and a handful of IT giants aiming millions of dollars of investment at the still-nascent market. Ambient, despite ongoing programs with big utilities such as Pacific Gas & Electric , Southern California Edison, Baltimore Gas & Electric and Commonwealth Edison, dropped off the radar for a bit. After all, could a red-and-green glowing orb in the kitchen really match the full-graphics web displays, smart thermostats and all the other HAN bells and whistles of the competition? Ambient CEO Prites...

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