For about 15 years or so I’ve wondered why no one has come up with the idea to put a communications device (hopefully now zigbee/zwave or wifi) embedded chip into the standard circuit breakers that are in everyone’s home main distribution panel… Think of this… the Kill-o-Watt meters that show you when a plug is using how much energy. I would so love to replace all my breaker switches with a switch that had a Zigbee or Wifi addressable IP interface to my home LAN so that software on my PC/Smartphone-device could report which circuit in the house was using what power and when (total power, which times, etc) – The breaker could have a simple set of LEDs on the front of it showing from off (black) to red (heavy usage) and even breaker tripped (flashing red/etc)… This is not that complex… What is important is that is is standardized with and API and XML reporting data that any software can read into and display.
I can not buy a USB Wirelesss N device (both 2.4ghz and 5.x ghz) coverage for $22… As things get smaller and more adaptable, I really hope someone reads this and thinks about developing a reporting Kill-o-watt breaker switch that can fit in the panel of any home’s breaker box and give us info on what is happening with the circuit.
I come from the horrible world in the 90’s where I tried to outfit my house with X10 devices (powerline). There are just garbage. I want a simple universal set of devices (wall switches, power plugs, etc) that only add $2 to the cost of the device… To do this you need everyone from Leviton to home depot to agree on a standard model and mass produce it… Everyone needs to stop competing and come together for a standard that can be adopted buy all.