Have you heard about Sony’s pay-as-you-go smart power vision, enabling you to swipe a card in front of a power outlet to pay for electricity and choose your power source? Sony’s vision for 2030, shown in a video, seems pretty cool, but one has to wonder how realistic it is.
I can see such applications for charging an electric vehicle in a public space, for example. Sony says it wants to enable us to control the flow of electricity, and use it in a device only when we need it. That’s admirable and likely to be more energy efficient, but do you want to have to make decisions to watch the TV in your house and whether it should be powered via solar, wind or another source, as shown in the video?