Some cars have a “remote start” feature to start a car before you actually get inside. This feature is typically used in regions with extremely cold weather.
Some people like to entirely turn off their laptops when traveling or over a weekend.
But then they have to wait a couple of minutes for their laptop to boot, log in, and start all their applications / open documents again.
Think of all the lost productivity!
Instead of losing precious time on Monday morning waiting for a shut-down-over-the-weekend laptop to boot, your laptop could have a special low-power “wake up” mode activated by a remote control. This would be exactly like a car remote-unlock key fob.
A comparison of laptops with and without this remote-start feature is shown in Figure 1.
The laptop remote could be a new differentiator between brands in an otherwise commoditized market. When every other laptop is the same, surely consumers will flock to buy the one with the “remote start” option!
PROS: Saves valuable employee time. Additionally, probably several watt-hours per year per laptop, since it encourages people to shut down their laptops. The amount of energy saved probably offsets up to a whole day of increased energy usage due to global population growth.
CONS: It might take longer to locate this remote control than to just turn on the laptop by walking over to it.