11 Jun '12, 1pm

Energy-Saving App Uses Webcam to Turn off Computer When You're Not There

Energy-Saving App Uses Webcam to Turn off Computer When You're Not There

Sure, you turn off your computer at the end of the day and put it in sleep mode when you take your lunch break. But what about all the short breaks you take during the day: to go to the bathroom, grab some coffee, or chat with a coworker? More likely, you just leave everything on, going full steam. Brazilian company Ecobenefícios has a new app to make sure your computer enters energy-saving mode every time you step away, by using your webcam. I downloaded GreenCam (it's free) and found that it didn't work all that well: When I stepped away from my desk, my computer stayed on. It did trigger sleep mode when I held my thumb over the webcam to block light, but that's not very useful. To give them the benefit of the doubt, the program is in Portuguese, so it's quite possible I'm missing something. Ecobenefícios uses an hour a day away from the computer as the basis for its cal...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/energy-saving-...

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