Tracking your carbon footprint

(KING) A group of University of Washington doctoral students came up with a wearable device to help track your carbon footprint.

The device, named MagnifiSense, can sense what appliances the wearer is using. The sensor is worn on the wrist and detects electromagnetic radiation from kitchen appliances and even cars.

Lead-author Edward Wang says each appliance has a unique frequency. That’s how MagnifiSense knows what’s what.

Wang says this technology could “game-ify” our carbon footprints. He thinks being able to track carbon use could lead to competitions like those inspired by fitness trackers.

“If we can tell who is using what, then that kind of little game could happen,” Wang said.

Wang mentions there’s another application, too: home personalization.

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