Here’s a little slice of new technology that is sure to take off… It’s called the Ambient Orb and it looks like a cross between a water balloon and a mood ring.  The orb is a glass lamp that uses color to show changing information, such as market trends, weather forecasts, email activity, or even traffic.  It is connected to the Ambient Information Network, a 900 MHz wireless broadcast that has access to 90% of American homes… no internet connection required.

This technology rocks pretty hard in-and-of itself, but it gets better…. The Energy Orb is a special run of ‘ambients’ that are being used not only by individuals, but by utility companies to show energy loads and manage demand.  California’s Pacific Gas & Electric has linked up with the Energy Orb to give motivated users the power to control their own electricity usage off of grid demands.  If the Orb turns green, it means there’s a lot of pressure on the grid and switching lights off, etc would be recommended.  If it’s red, go ahead and turn on your big screen plasma! (just playin… plasma tv’s, when on, use more electricity than a fridge).  The Ambient Orb retails at $150.


About Joshua Foss

Joshua is a leading voice for transformational change. He is the editor of Metro Hippie, co-founder and director of development of the Ecala Group, and adjunct faculty at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He is also an ambassador for the Living Building Challenge and is a frequent speaker at national conferences, trade shows and summits.