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Green Hisaver power strip saves power by sensing motion

Posted in Power Strips by Conner Flynn on September 26th, 2010

Many of us like to leave our computers running all of the time, but that uses a ton of power. And even if you want the computer on 24/7, there’s no need to have the printer, speakers and other stuff powered on.

A new power strip called the HiSaver makes it easy to save power when you leave the room. The HiSaver Powerbar features a remote motion-detecting sensor that sits on your desk. So when you leave the room for at least ten minutes, four of the outlets turn off automatically to save power.

Power Strip uses slots instead of holes

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on July 21st, 2010

Here’s an ingenious idea that we should have thought of a lot sooner. This power strip ditches the usual hole approach in favor of slots. It allows more plugs to fit onto the same amount of space.

This design comes from Chen Yinfeng and is called the Slot-Type Power Outlet. It uses a swipe-in slot design so that plugs can comfortably rest next to one another, thus allowing more plugs to fit than on a regular strip. The design is much cleaner than your typical power strip as well and nicer to look at.

Wet Circuits Waterproof Power Strip

Posted in Power Strips by Conner Flynn on July 6th, 2010

The boffins over at Wet Circuits have come up with a waterproof power strip using a patented design, with a special protective material that minimizes the flow of electricity when it comes into contact with water. The result is that it protects you from electrical shocks when water is accidentally spilled.

We wouldn’t try this at home with your power strip, but they claim it can be submerged underwater for up to two-hours. It also features overheating protection, spark prevention, and up to 4 times the lifespan of ordinary power strips.

Takoyaki Power Strip offers wireless charging

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on May 7th, 2010

This Takoyaki concept power strip is nice to look at and also useful. The sockets are pretty useful since they can be rotated. And each socket allows you to coil your cable inside it, minimizing the amount of cable clutter on your floor.

All good features and aside from all of them this thing also glows blue when in use. You can also replace those round sockets in order to fit in a wireless charging accessory that will charge your device wirelessly.

Extension turns laptop adapter into a power strip

Posted in Power Strips by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2010

So you are out and about with your laptop, but you look around and there’s no power outlet. Common problem. But if somebody there had had this gadget, they could just stick it into the end of their laptop power supply, and share with you.

Well, assuming they are the nice sort, anyway. The extension costs ¥1,400 ($15) for a two-prong version or ¥2,000 ($21) for three prongs. It’s a great idea, just as long as you have an outlet to begin with.

Fujitsu Energy Monitoring Power Strip

Posted in Power Strips by Conner Flynn on April 6th, 2010

Fujitsu has an interesting power strip for those who give a hoot about their electricity usage. It measures the electrical energy used in each outlet in real time, to help figure out how much electricity is being used in an office.

This data is combined with a scheduler to let you know how much energy is consumed even in the absence of the user. Each outlet has a contactless power sensor that can measure up to 2,000W. The data is transmitted over the network via a transmitter in a USB port on the side of the power strip.

USB Hub looks like a Power Strip

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on October 6th, 2009

USB Hub looks like a Power StripRemember Buffalo’s USB hub that looks like a power strip? Here’s another, cooler looking 4 port hub. So if you like your hubs to look like power strips you have another option. It will cost you $15.

Next we’ll be seeing adapters for your usb tips to make them look like power cord ends, that plug into the hub, which would make the illusion complete.

Belkin unveils Conserve Surge

Posted in Power Strips by Conner Flynn on September 30th, 2009

Belkin unveils Conserve Surge We love our gadgets, but they are like vampires, sucking energy even when “off”. That’s why the Belkin Conserve Surge puts their energy sucking on a timer. Otherwise it’s a pretty normal surge protector. The device automatically cuts the power to connected devices after 11 hours of use.

Don’t worry, you won’t end up losing work before you can save, because the Conserve Surge features two always-on outlets alongside the six timed outlets. And there’s also an LED warning light when the electricity is about to turn off. Still, some other timing options would be nice.

Power Bridge turns the power strip upside down

Posted in Power Strips by Conner Flynn on September 7th, 2009

Power Bridge turns the power strip upside downPower strips are convenient. Sadly, they are also ugly, putting all of your plugs in a row, with cords trailing everywhere. The Power Bridge is one of the best solutions we’ve seen, flipping the power strip over to keep your cords neatly tucked away.

It’s from designer Hyuk Jae Chang and it’s neat enough to even have on your desk. All of the wires come out in one spot, which you can turn to face any direction and a pivoting multi-directional power cord on the Bridge itself makes sure that all wires line up.

Buffalo 4-Port USB Hub/Power strip

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on June 15th, 2009

Buffalo 4-Port USB Hub/Power stripAt first glance, this 4 port USB hub from Buffalo looks ordinary. But it isn’t. Notice how it resembles the powerstrips that you already use in your outlets. We find it cute in a geeky way. Yes, those are individual switches for each port that enables easy selection of which devices you want to use or not use.

It even features an LED light indication for when it’s dark. The hub itself will come in four colors, with an AC adapter and four USB cables that measure 1.5m in length.

SIM Card Spy Ear Power Strip: Eavesdrop and power gadgets at the same time

Posted in Spy Gear by Conner Flynn on May 27th, 2009

SIM Card Spy Ear Power StripThe SIM Card Spy Ear Power Strip is a fully working 8–way power strip. But it’s so much more. It also contains a rechargeable battery and a tri-band mobile phone transmitter. Just put in your choice of SIM card, plug the unit into a wall socket, someplace where your enemy is residing, then dial the SIM number on your mobile phone and you’re in. Instant eavesdropping.

It won’t work with 3G networks. $66.00 is a bargain in the spy world. As usual, you just have to pray that your enemy does not read tech blogs or else he might be onto you.

Movable power strip, or puzzle game?

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on March 12th, 2009

Movable power strip, or puzzle game?As geeks, we have a certain fascination with power strips. Probably because we never have enough outlets. This particular power strip could double as a geek puzzle game. It’s called Movable Power and it allows you to adjust the entire strip according to your needs at any given time.

With this concept power strip, you won’t need to adjust your space just to accommodate a bulky strip. And as a bonus, you have a cool game to play with when you get bored. Until you electrocute yourself anyway.

ezSpace Wall Mount UFO: 2 outlets become 6

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on January 5th, 2009

ezSpace Wall Mount UFO: 2 outlets become 6Remember the E-ball power strip for D & D fans? This is like that only cooler. This ezSpace UFO power strip will abduct 2 of your outlets and give you 6 in return. This UFO offers surge protection, not scorn from non-believers or even anal probe rash. It’s actually useful.

While we wouldn’t mind seeing it in more colors, we like it. And it’s only $29. Though I imagine it ceases looking like a UFO once 6 plugs are inserted. Still it’s perfect for those out of sight places where every device converges in a tangled mess.

E-Ball power strip for D & D fans

Posted in Power Strips by Conner Flynn on July 7th, 2008

E-Ball power strip for D & D fans
Who would have thought that the makers of power strips would get so creative? They’re not just long slabs of white anymore. This e-Ball power strip design from Mashallah design is sure to please D & D fans by looking like a many sided die.

It also kinda resembles old spaceships from vintage Sci-Fi. It’s a concept at the moment, but I’m sure it will be made real by someone. Paint a face on it, plug in all of your plugs and you’ve got an electrical headed Medusa.

Containership Powersupply: Assemble the fleet

Posted in Power Strips by Conner Flynn on May 14th, 2008

Containership Powersupply: Assemble the fleet
With all of the various devices that we have plugged in, it can feel a bit overwhelming. Containership powersupplies can help keep your fleet of powerstrips in order like a well oiled Navy.

I guess the general idea here is to hold your power adapters in a cute and clever way, having a bit of fun with some organization. According to the company, it’s neat because the cord is in the Containership’s wake. I’m not sure what they’re smoking, but the whole effect is ruined the minute you put a few adapters in it, making it look like your wires are about to pull the whole thing under…your carpet. File this one under good concept, bad follow-through.