Fujitsu has just released information on a new power strip that will monitor its energy usage. That sounds kind of cool. Usually, energy monitors need to be plugged into the power grid in some fashion, but these things are just what they are advertised to be: power strips that monitor how much electricity is shunted through them.
This is a smart power strip because it measures the electricity that each plug consumes in real time. You can access this data, as well as the scheduler thanks to the USB port. The power strip can also send this data onto a home network, which you can check out with your desktop. Fujitsu Laboratories claim that this system, which allows users to visualize their power consumption, can reduce this by about 20%.
We find this system really interesting, because it lets you monitor the places in your house where there is a lot of electricity being consumed, like the home office for example. What's also cool is that you can schedule the plugs to shut off using the scheduler. Actually, we find that kind of awesome. For now, this power strip continues to be tested by Fujitsu. We can't wait until this is released.