Collective Power leverages the power of small-group peer pressure to encourage more sustainable residential energy consumption. It harnesses extant infrastructure - streetlights - and augments their functionality with a public display of aggregated usage statistics for the adjacent neighbors.
A meter-like vertical light display shows pedestrians how well a group of residents is doing as compared with their neighbors down the street; more detailed unit-level and live pricing information is available through the attendant smart phone app. By making usage statistics public and comparable, Collective Power encourages residents to make energy usage part of their social discussion.
Project with the Tangible Interfaces group at MIT's Media Lab. With Andy Payne, Melissa Chow, and Arlene Ducao, Fall 2011.