Intelligent, Adaptive Lights Reduce Energy Use by 90 Percent

Researchers at MIT are working on a technology that automatically and continuously adjusts the lighting in your workspace to suit your needs.

In the future, we may not have light switches at all. Researchers in the Responsive Environments Group MIT are working on a prototype technology that automatically and continuously adjusts the lighting in a room based on how much light you need.

The system they're currently testing works like this: A small control device, about the size of a business card, sits right on your desk. Sensors on the card monitor the actual light falling on your workspace, and controls on the card allow you to adjust the intensity and color balance of the light to your preferences.

That information is used to control a surrounding network of efficient LED lights. If current sunlight is sufficient, the lights (pictured above) dim or shut off. If it isn't, they provide precisely the amount of light you want. And it's not just about convenience. In tests of the system, it has reduced the energy used for lighting by 65 to 90 percent.

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Last Friday, GOOD reported on an infuriating incident that went down at a Massachusetts Target.

A Target manager who's come to be known as "Target Tori," was harassed by Twitter troll David Leavitt for not selling him an $89 Oral-B Pro 5000 toothbrush for a penny.

He describes himself as a "multimedia journalist who has worked for CBS, AXS, Yahoo, and others."

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They think that throwing a tantrum will save them a few bucks and don't care if they completely embarrass themselves in the process. Sometimes that involves belittling the poor employee who's just trying to get through their day with an ounce of dignity.

Twitter is rallying around a gal named Tori who works at a Target in Massachusetts after she was tweet-shamed by irate chapekate, journalist, and Twitter troll, David Leavitt.

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In a typical work day, people who smoke take more breaks than those who do not. Every few hours they pop outside to have a smoke and usually take a coworker with them.

Don Bryden, Managing director at KCJ Training and Employment Solutions in Swindon, England, thinks that nonsmokers and smokers should be treated equally, so he's giving those who refrain from smoking four extra days to compensate.

Funny enough, Bryden is a smoker himself.

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