PecoBOO Is Keeping An Eye On Your Energy Use

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The latest piece of eco-friendly software claims to be so clever it can tell whether you are looking at your computer or not, and switch your display off or on accordingly.

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Privacy advocates need not be concerned. PecoBOO uses face detection, not face recognition. It cannot tell who you are or even distinguish one user from another. No data is recorded. PecoBOO is not a security tool, it's an energy saving tool.

The latest piece of eco-friendly software on the market is so clever it can tell whether you are looking at your computer or not, and switch your display off or on accordingly.

PecoBOO is the newest bit of Eco-Power Management technology from Sheffield based environmental computer manufacturer VeryPC. The award winning company are already known for their range of low energy desktop computers, or GreenPCs. Recently, Peter Hopton, MD of VeryPC, hit on a new idea to make additional energy savings by managing the computer display with facial detection software:
"A few months back we had a meeting to see what improvements we could make to energy savings in computer use. We asked, 'what if your computer could tell instantly when you are not using it and make power changes to reflect that?' That's when we thought of the light in the fridge. It only comes on when you need it. PecoBOO turns your computer display into the 'light in the fridge'."

He goes on to explain just why this kind of saving is especially significant when combined with VeryPC's low energy GreenPCs:
"With many other computers on the market, the PC box consumes far more energy than its LCD monitor. We've worked so hard on energy saving at VeryPC that we've flipped that around. Now many of our GreenPCs use as little as half the power of their display. We realised that we had to find a way to apply better energy savings to the display itself. This revolutionary combination of facial detection with power management takes energy saving on your computer to a new level."

PecoBOO forms part of a range of technologies offered by VeryPC collectively known as Eco-Power Management, or EPM:
"EPM is designed to take control of your IT energy usage at every level. The first four stages of EPM are built right into the box and are taken care of at the manufacturing stage. At VeryPC we are always looking for the next step forward, so despite already building some of the world's most energy efficient desktop PCs, we want to push the envelope even further. We've achieved that by adding a fifth stage to EPM -software control."

Peter is convinced that there is a genuine need for this kind of real-time energy saving:
"Our research tells us that many users these days turn off their computers' in-built power management because it interferes with their daily use. For example, online video: if you are watching, for example, the BBC iPlayer with your screensaver set to kick in after 15 minutes, that is going to interrupt your viewing, so you disable it. Once disabled, the settings tend to stay that way forever as we forget to change them back. PecoBOO is comfortable and non-intrusive because it will never turn your screen off when you are looking at it. On top of that, it will save 5, 10, 15, however many more minutes for the users who are disciplined enough to keep their default power management running because it works as soon as you leave the computer, with no delay."

Peter is quick to dispel any 'big brother' style questions about his face detection software:
"Privacy advocates need not be concerned. PecoBOO uses face detection, not face recognition. It cannot tell who you are or even distinguish one user from another. No data is recorded. PecoBOO is not a security tool, it's an energy saving tool."

PecoBOO can be found at and will start selling for £9.99 per license by download.

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