plug-into-the-smartgrid

General Electric has a great mini-site up showcasing their newest technologies in power management. The site encourages people to plug in to the “smart grid” of GE products — a series of alternative energy services and smarter power management items.

But the really awesome part about the site is the augmented reality feature that you interact with using your computer’s webcam. What you do is you print out a piece of paper that the webcam “sees” and GE’s augmented reality program builds a virtual hologram. It’s hard to explain because I don’t quite understand the technology behind it, but I assure you that when you get the webcam and the paper together, the result is astonishing.

It sounds complicated, but it’s very easy if you’ve got a webcam and a printer. Try it out, I think you’ll love it.

Check out my video “review” of the site below.