This website uses cookies.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy.

I agree
Learn More
Great Geek Gifts in the Technabob Shop!Get Technabob Daily: Join our Mailing List! | Follow Us: Facebook | Twitter
subscribe to our rss feedsubscribe via e-mailfollow technabob on twittertechnabob facebook fan pageGoogle+follow us in feedly
Follow Us:
Cool Gadgets, Gizmos, Games and Geek Stuff on Technabob

Sony Power Outlet Recognizes Devices and Users to Regulate Power: Convenient or Creepy?

by Lambert Varias

There are already several ways of tracking and restricting the Internet access of a specific device, but Sony has developed a concept that controls a much more basic commodity: electricity. Its Authentication Power Outlet concept has an embedded chip that can be made to remember not only individual gadgets but users as well.

sony authentication power outlet concept

The setup uses either NFC or RFID technology, along with chips embedded in devices; an ID embedded with the chip can be used to identify individuals. The connected devices can then be monitored and their access to electricity regulated remotely, as shown in the video below:

But what else will we be able to do in a world where sockets know who we are? An authenticated network of devices can make it easier to manage our power consumption. It can also lead to charging stations being more ubiquitous, whether for future electric cars on the road or just today’s mobile gadgets in public places like airports. Then again, it can also be used in nefarious ways, from gathering data on devices to denying access to a very fundamental commodity.

In any case, Sony knows that their concept needs industry-wide support in order to be implemented – it will take years and lots of resources to set up the smart outlets and convince manufacturers to install chips in their devices – so office slackers, grounded kids and conspiracy theorists don’t need to band together and rise up just yet.

[via Diginfo via Akihabara News]


Comments are closed for posts older than 90 days.

More from Awesomer Media...

theawesomer logo
Bristol Bullet Roadster Candylab Wooden Toy Cars How to Dress Well: Lost Youth/Lost You Unreal Real-time Cinematography 95octane logo
Ford GT Rejection Letter Lets Losers Down Easy SYNC 3 finds a Home in All the 2017 Fords Lotus Elise Race 250 Ready for Track Day Fun Hennessey HPE 1000 Challenger Hellcat Tears up the Dyno mightymega logo
Rick and Morty Recreate Hilarious NSFW Court Transcript How X-Men Apocalypse Should Have Ended Han Solo in Carbonite Cutting Board Quentin Tarantino’s Suicide Squad