Save O Meter 

Ricardo O’Nascimento, Melanie Nobis and Achim Friedland – Germany

The Save-O-Meter is a lamp. It visualizes the consumption of water and energy in a certain period of time of one household in relation to the data collected in the neighbourhood. The data is reflected as a scale. The scale will change in real-time according to the daily use of water and energy and production of waste. The aim of the project is to draw attention to the high consumption of important resources and to make people lower their consumption of these resources.

Save-O-Meter Workshop: Smart Home – A data lamp for your Smart Home

Build your own data lamp and connect it to various sensors (electricity, water, weight and ultrasonic). Provide your home with sensors that raise awareness and assist you measuring your consumption. Learn controlling the sensors by the ‚Lua‘ programming language and the hardware ‚ESP 8266‘.

This project was developed during Public Art Lab’s Prototyping Lab 2015 – supported by the RWE Foundation.


Artist biography

Ricardo O’Nascimento is an artist and researcher in the field of new media and interactive art. He investigates body-environment relations focused on interface development for worn devices, interactive installations and hybrid environments. He is the founder of POPKALAB – a design/research studio focused on innovation in the field of wearable technology.

Achim Friedland is an open source software developer, author and photography enthusiast. His interests lie where technology, transparency, security and Linked Open Data meet with the user base creating new insights. Together with the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany he is currently setting up a local OK Lab for the people of Jena.

Melanie Nobis works currently as an Sales and Consultations Agent at the tourist information centre of VisitBerlin. She holds a bachelor degree in International Tourism Management as well as a master degree in Tourism and Regional Planning.  In general, her focus lies on sustainable urban development as well as community based tourism.