The UC Monitor has a story on their student Jeremy Woodhill who has won a Australian Innovation Challenge award in the ‘backyard’ category.
His invention, the Smart GPO, came about when he looking to make power points safer. However he got a lot more than he originally bargained for.
“The Smart GPO works to significantly reduce electricity consumption in households and buildings via a new type of General Power Outlet (power point).
The device can be programmed by users to switch off all non-essential power supplies when not in use.
He has already been approached by a number of people, including architects and eco-building firms. So he has done the sensible thing with his $10,000 prize money and invested in intellectual property and the development of his invention. He is hoping to have it available for sale within the next few years.