By Andrew Nusca
Posting in Energy
Google will retire its Health and PowerMeter services because they failed to get traction among the general public.
In a blog post, employees Aaron Brown and Bill Weihl acknowledged that the products "didn’t catch on the way we would have hoped."
Google Health was launched to give people access to their personal health and wellness information. Google PowerMeter intended to raise awareness about personal energy usage by surfacing that data to users.
Health will be retired on Jan. 1 2012. (Google will keep its data available for download through Jan. 1, 2013.)
PowerMeter will close down Sept. 16, 2011.
The authors write:
Both were based on the idea that with more and better information, people can make smarter choices, whether in regard to managing personal health and wellness, or saving money and conserving energy at home. While they didn't scale as we had hoped, we believe they did highlight the importance of access to information in areas where it’s traditionally been difficult.
Specifically, Google Health failed to see adoption beyond a small population of tech-savvy patients and their caregivers and fitness and wellness enthusiasts; meanwhile, PowerMeter failed for similar reasons, despite increasing adoption of smart meters and other intelligent home energy devices -- not to mention favorable policies in California and Texas.
"By helping people make more informed decisions through greater access to more information, we believe Google Health and PowerMeter have been trailblazers in their respective categories," they write. "Ultimately though, we want to satisfy the most pressing needs for the greatest number of people."
Jun 24, 2011
Well done! Thank you very much for professional templates and community edition sesli chat sesli sohbet
When Google Health debuted, there was a lot of discussion about how secure putting all your health information would be in the cloud. While I don't think there were ever any issues with Google Health, there were plenty of other examples to point at. There's also a lot of confusion and a wait-and-see attitude fostered by Obamacare, This bill mandated the use of electronic health records, but standards and costs have yet to be defined. Getting your health care professionals to buy into Google Health when it may be incompatible with Obamacare made Google Health a lot less valuable. Powermeter is going the fate of many applications springing up to monitor your smart meter. For most people they just don't provide enough value and/or already are being provided by their power utility. The biggest wasters of power in any home are easy to track down, And let's face it -- for most people leaving a light on just doesn't cost enough to get up from the couch to turn it off.