Self-Powered Switches

Self-Powered Switches

Jonathan B.
Jan 30, 2008

Technology, technology everywhere: looking around, we see every power outlet stuffed to the gills with power adapters. We've blogged solutions to this problem before, such as this power strip that automatically turns equipment on and off.

Look forward to the future and it's easy to see your home completely choked by electronic gadgets. Wouldn't it be great if some of them could make their own power? That's what EnOcean is doing with a line of wireless switches.

Instead of running a wire to and from each outlet or ceiling fixture you want to control, the idea is to install a small wireless relay at the power point, and then control that relay via a wireless switch. Want to add an another switch -- say, to turn the bedroom light off from bedside? No problem! Just buy another switch and stick it to the wall.

Less wire, less renovation: that's green. And the technology is a perfect fit for green buildings with solid walls that are difficult to wire. But the really green thing? The wireless switch is a mini-generator. It harvests the energy you use to flick it, so it never needs batteries.

The technology is not quite DIY friendly yet, but we'd expect to see something like this at your hardware store within the next two years. Until then, you can check out the EnOcean website and dream about a less wired life.

via Environmental Building News

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