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Fujitsu's power strip graphs your electrical gluttony

Tim Stevens

We have a long wait before the world becomes solar powered, so between now and then we need to get a lot smarter about how much of the good stuff our gadgets are sucking down. Fujitsu's prototype power strip does just that -- with a little bit of help from a PC. Unlike other strips we've seen in the past, this one has a USB port on the side through which it feeds consumption data about each of its four outlets. From there users can graph the draw of each one and see which of their little vampires has the sharpest teeth. No price or availability was provided for this smart strip, so don't be too demeaning to your current dumb ones just yet.

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