This is my first post within the element14 community and would like to take this opportunity to thank the organisers and team behind this (In the Air Design) challenge. I must say, there are heaps of great ideas and am looking forward with the progress of each proposal, and choosing only ten would definitely be a great task.
I do strongly believe that IoT is more than just monitoring and controlling our home appliances, and this challenge strongly backs that principle. This competition's main objective is to design a system that would help us build a cleaner and less polluted world, and one way to achieve this goal is for everyone's little contribution in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. There are already a number of initiatives and regulations promoting the reduction of carbon footprint mostly adopted by commercial companies around the globe. However, it should not stop there. With all the advancement in technology, it now more economical to build devices that can be installed residentially, such as the one being proposed here: a real-time carbon footprint monitoring system. Then we can all contribute to this goal of transforming our world into a healthier place to live in.
In the next post, I will walk through the various components of the system. Stay tuned.