GreenCam Turns Off Your Computer While You Grab a Cup of Coffee

The free GreenCam app automatically turns off your computer when you get up from your desk, sensing your presence—or lack thereof—via webcam.


You're sitting down, working at your computer, like you are right now. Then your phone rings, or you grab a glass of water, or you need a potty break. You know you should turn off your computer to save energy, but you don't want to take the time to restart it when you get back. Or maybe energy conservation isn't the first thing on your mind.

Now the Brazilian company Ecobenefícios has a simple idea to put a dent in this energy suck: the GreenCam, a free app that automatically turns off your monitor when you leave your desk. It uses your webcam to figure out if you're not in front of your computer, so be warned that you might feel like you're being watched.

Check out the company's snazzy video above to see the app in action.

Video via Ecobenefícios