Google PowerMeter is a soon to be launched Google product intended to help educate users about their own power usage via the internet. This is but one of Google's ongoing projects to help save power and the environment.
According to the soon to be launched page at Google.org:
"To get started, we're working on a tool called Google PowerMeter which will show consumers their electricity consumption in near real-time in a secure iGoogle Gadget. We think PowerMeter will offer more useful and actionable feedback than complicated monthly paper bills that provide little detail on consumption or how to save energy."
According to the site, PowerMeter is in prototype but will receive information from utility meters and energy management devices to provide users with access to their own energy consumption directly from their iGoogle homepage.
With so much buzz about GDrive, I'm a little surprised there has been no mention of the potential connection with Measurement Lab and GMail.
Google's internal version of GDrive (aka Platypus) was designed to provide faster "open and save" speeds. This "Local IO speed" as it's referred by Google internal documents, equates to open and save speeds in the cloud rivaling that for local files. For obvious reasons, slow connection speeds and ISP related issues could easily be mistaken for problems with GDrive. To avoid GDrive potentially being blamed for ISP issues, it only makes sense that Google would act to empower "the public with useful information about their broadband connections".
As a "A filer for the whole world. But better." There are a number of advantages to storing information via GDrive (Platypus). These advantages include backup, sync, web access, collaboration and offline access similar to that recently introduced by GMail.
Personally, I don't see the timing for all of these as being purely coincidental.....
The image above contains partially hidden code from Google's internal version of GDrive, which is also available for public review via http://ionutalexchitu.googlepages.com/gdrive.html.