Pachube is a service that enables users to connect, tag and share real time sensor data from objects, devices, buildings and environments around the world. The key aim of the site is to facilitate interaction between remote environments, both physical and virtual.
The home page of Pachube features a large Google Map that displays live data feeds from a number of objects and devices around the world. The data feeds vary from weather stations, air quality sensors to domestic monitoring devices.
Pachube gives a number of possible uses for the website, including
- tracking your electricity meter to calculate your real-time carbon footprint or use iPhone or gPhone applications to monitor it remotely
- connect up basic home-automation devices, so that you can control them, or have them respond to your office
- have your Second Life environment respond to sensors in the real world (or vice versa)