Berkeley Lab startup Whisker Labs has introduced Ting, which monitors home electrical systems and alerts homeowners of potential fire hazards such as micro-arcs and sparks that develop over time in wiring and electrical cords. Ting also monitors changes in power voltage or frequency that can damage electrical devices and appliances. Unlike competitive devices that require an electrician to install, the new Whisker Labs technology plugs into an electrical outlet.
Whisker Labs, formerly Wattstick, was founded on a stick-on electricity meter technology developed at Berkeley Lab. The startup was acquired by Earth Networks in 2017.