TVs could be detecting official tests and powering down in order to gain a better energy efficiency rank and higher sales, US energy campaigners are warning. When exposed to real world conditions, the same TVs can double their advertised power consumption, they say. They also shut off energy saving features without warning and block users from turning them back on. This may be adding an estimated $1.2 billion to US consumer energy bills over product lifetimes.
Computerised cars are smart, but their designers have proven pretty dumb, at VW at least. With most household products looking at an unavoidable digital destiny, the question has to be asked — how clever are factory bosses in the home appliance sector? LG fell into the trap of using defeat devices on fridges, while more recently at least one TV maker seems to be smelling more of diesel fumes than roses.