Sensor Networks and Sustainability: “Connecting Real, Virtual, Mobile and Augmented Spaces”

Sun, Apr 19, 2009


Today, I did a presentation, on connecting real, virtual, mobile, and augmented spaces to support sustainability, for Earth Week SL, with Dave Pentecost and Jim Purbrick, who presented on Carbon Goggles.

Dave and I focused on sensor networks, open data, Pachube, OpenSim, and sustainability from perspective of, “hack local, think global.”  Dave and I will be picking up on some of these themes of sensor networks and sustainability next week in our presentation with Dimitri Darras at ITP,  NYU, Aprl 24th, 6.30 pm to 8 pm – details here.  If you are in New York City, I hope to see you there.

We got some interesting insights into augmented reality from Jim Purbrick whose Carbon Goggles project prototypes how we can use augmented reality to read carbon identity and to combine well organized, verified data from AMEE – a neutral aggregation platform to measure the “carbon footprint” of everything on earth, with crowd sourced tagging and linking.

Shaspa – “the sensor network system that has it all”


We also discussed, recently launched, Shaspa. Shaspa’s energy management packages connect spaces – real, virtual, mobile and augmented.  Shaspa has been blogged  by Maxping and Virtual World News, so you can read all about it, but the Shaspa device kit won’t be available until next week. Some key features of the Home Energy  package are listed on the slide above.  However, this evening, Dave Pentecost and I got a sneak preview of both the Shaspa commmunity and enterprise hardware and software packages from Shaspa founder Oliver Goh. We were pretty impressed.

Dave:It’s the ultimate hackable device for energy management!”

Oliver: “Bring us any sensor device – with documentation, and within three days we will put a driver into Shaspa.”


Oliver is on the right and Dave on the left in the picture above. The picture below shows Shaspa in OpenSim. Oliver and I will be attending the 3D Training, Learning and Collaboration Conference in Washington, DC, next week.



Here are some of the links that came up in the presentation as many people asked for them to be published. Dave also has them on his blog.

Earth Week SL Presentation, April 18th, 2009 – Google Docs

Pachube, sensor networks

Dave’s blog covering Maya archaeology, jungle ecology, and technology

Maya Frontier, Usumacinta River videos



Pachube – tutorials

Pachube Apps -

Arduino-SL-Pachube data site

SL to Pachube site

Dave’s Danger Shield – Pachube tutorial

TweetaWatt site (LadyAda)

Dave’s post on TweetaWatt to Opensim/SL

Peter Quirk’s post on Importing Sketchup into RealXtend





cminion -wind turbines in OpenSim


Is it “OMG finally” for Augmented Reality?

Smart Planet: Interview with Andy Stanford-Clark

Orange Cone – Information Shadows and Things as Services

categories: 3D internet, Ambient Devices, Ambient Displays, architecture of participation, Augmented Reality, Carbon Footprint Reduction, CurrentCost, Ecological Intelligence, Energy Awareness, Energy Saving, home automation, home energy monitoring, home energy monitors, HomeCamp, Instrumenting the World, internet of things, message brokers and sensors, Mixed Reality, mobile meets social, MQTT and RSMB, new urbanism, OpenSim, Paticipatory Culture, realXtend, smart appliances, Smart Devices, Smart Planet, sustainable living, sustainable mobility, ubiquitous computing, Virtual HomeCamp, Virtual Meters, Virtual Realities, Web Meets World
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1 Comments For This Post

  1. Laurence Leisch Says:

    Hi there I’ve just posted anything similar related to this
    Sensor Networks and Sustainability: “Connecting Real, Virtual, Mobile and Augmented Spaces” | UgoTrade on my journal yesterday. How smaller is the internet :)

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