Prototype: Flower Energy Monitoring Lamp

Getting feedback on your behavior is a great way to optimize it. Runners wear heart monitors, weight-lifters hire personal trainers, and even weblog writers have editors. So it's only natural for designers to apply these same ideas to help people cut back on wasted electrical energy. Sofia Lagerkvist, Charlotte von der Lancken, Anna Lindgren, Katja Sävström, Göran Nordahl of Sweden's Interactive Institute have come up with a catchy, and beautiful answer to this need. Their Flower Energy Awareness Lamp can expand or retract its reflective petals based on energy consumption in the home. In order to maximize the expansion, and beauty of the lamp, users must minimize their power usage in the rest of the house. :: Flower Energy Awareness Lamp [by DM]