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Ideovitra seeks to slay PC power vampires with SensyBee smart switch

Written by Cio
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  • Cio
  • 2 years ago
Bl59dxPCcAEq94lThere’s a vampire-slayer stalking the halls at Cebit.With SensyBee, a curvy little box that plugs into the back of a PC between the power supply and the wall outlet, turning the PC off when it is unused, Ideovitra hopes to eliminate PCs’ vampire power consumption.

A typical desktop PC consumes around 200 watts when running—but still as much as 50W when in Windows 8’s “sleep” mode. Even when “turned off,” it can consume up to 20W, as the power supply and some other components remain powered up to perform functions such as wake-on-LAN, said Ideovitra’s sales manager David Chedotal.

In the 6,500 hours a year that the average office PC lies unused, that vampire power consumption can add between 130 and 325 kilowatt-hours to the energy bill. At German electricity prices, that’s anywhere from €30 (US$32) to €90 wasted each year, according to Ideovitra.

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