Texas Advanced Optoelectronic Solutions (TAOS) has revealed that the proximity detection and ambient light sensing technologies developed by them are helping to lower the electricity consumption and demand from ever-increasing modern-day consumer and business electronic equipment, resulting in decreasing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.
These digital ambient light sensors are able to adjust brightness of displays automatically depending on the ambient light conditions in gadgets like monitors, HDTVs, monitors, and computers. Such adjustments have resulted in the reduction of power consumption by around 30% and have helped to conserve energy and at the same time reduce the carbon footprints that results in a range of benefits in the worldwide ecosystem. By sensing the absence or presence of an individual, the proximity detection technology from TAOS helps to switch on or off the display devices, resulting in additional savings.
The overall number of TV sets in the U.S. was around 280 million in 2009 was around 280 million, as per the estimates of the Energy Star, a joint program of the U.S. Department of Energy and the EPA. Around 50 billion kWh of energy was consumed in 2009 by these TV sets. It could be possible to lower the electricity consumed by these TVs up to the extent of the total electricity could 15 billion kWh by installing the digital ambient light sensing system and eliminate up to 2.2 billion pounds of emissions due to carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Kirk Laney, TAOS’ CEO and President, revealed that these statistics pertain to lowering of the carbon footprint due to the TV sets in the U.S. only. Laney explained that on a global scale such a sensing system when installed in all electronic equipment will result in a vast amount of carbon footprint reductions.