Visualize Your Carbon Footprint

When it comes to conserving energy at home, one major setback is the lack of products that make it possible to gauge your consumption as you use energy. Octopus is an electric heating system that utilizes thermo-sensitive film that changes color depending on the intensity of the heat output, giving users a visual reminder of their carbon footprint. The film, located at the front part of the heater, can be visually customized to satisfy a variety of styles and tastes.

Designer: Clément Martineau

7 Comments

  • tardkiller says:

    this is FAIL on so many levels I don’t even know where to start… but I will try.

    1. So, to reduce one’s carbon foot print, you buy more manufactured item?

    2. Rather than showing NUMBERS, you resort to using colors to indicate power usage. Can you make it any more vague?

    3. Anyone with half a brain would know that more heat = more energy. this is garbage.

  • cmartineau says:

    Maybe the article needs some more informations. First using “carbon footprint” is maybe a bit exagerated. The aim is to be able to see when your heater is heating. If you see it’s heating while you consider there’s no need, then you can set it via an interactive device (last image), where there, you can see with numbers, percentage and euros, how much you spend and how much you save per day, week, month and year. The thermo sensitive film is so a way to make you react and set better your heaters in the house in order to save money.

  • Lauren says:

    I think you need to understand that in design, it’s not necessarily that the product itself needs to reduce the carbon footprint. Design is about sending a message and creating an emotion. If someone needs to buy a new heater anyways, why not buy one that interacts with you and tells you “you’re using alot of energy” that’s what this does.

    If the product claimed to “elimiate carbon footprint” then it would not exist.

    While the world is familiar with numbers, color catches everyones attention. People look and say “it changed colors! or what does the color mean?” That itself creates awareness. If it was just numbers, it would be like every other boring product in your house.

    So try to view design from that perspective. The only way to not leave a carbon footprint is to kill yourself, so don’t expect a product to be that solution.

    (To the designer, I love this! Great job)

  • Lauren says:

    my response was to the person titled “tardkiller”

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