Wednesday, 15 July 2009

PecoBoo

I like this one, for the name alone (emphasis on the 'eco').

VeryPC, the UK company that claims to build the world's most energy efficient desktops and servers has launched PecoBoo, a PC power management solution.

PecoBOO uses a webcam and a face detection programme to tell when you’re looking at your PC or not. When you turn away from your computer display it turns it off for you. As soon as you return it sees that you're ready to work, and turns the display back on.


There's lots of adjustments for the sensitivity and time before switching off the monitor, etc. In fact you can try it yourself - it seems to be freely available from here

It's a good idea, but I'm not sure whether it has any more sustainability credentials than existing keyboard detection/idle time controls. And what if your cat climbs on the desk?

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