Our readers see more than a few eco-products featured here on a regular basis. Very seldom, however, do we have an opportunity to see a “big picture” vision for how an eco-friendly lifestyle can be achieved on a larger scale. Panasonic attempted to give us such a glimpse at the Eco Products 2010 exhibition in Tokyo, devoting an entire booth to demonstrating the company’s “comprehensive energy solutions for entire towns.” Panasonic’s model was divided into a number of zones representing different aspects of modern life: home, office, factories, stores, and public spaces. Each zone contained a number of environmentally-friendly solutions and devices that create, store, and manage energy in a smarter way.
In the home zone, Panasonic had brightness and people sensors that make for a smarter use of energy. The company’s range of Eco-Navi products includes refrigerators, water heaters, dish washers/dryers, light fixtures, and even a smart toilet seat.
Many of them often use infrared sensors to detect when people (or dirt, in the case of the washing machine) are present and some adjust operations based on the time of day and past usage patterns.