Fujitsu Power Strip Gives You Visual Indication Of Energy Usage

Fujitsu Power Strip Gives You Visual Indication Of Energy Usage

When you think Fujitsu, you probably think notebooks, or maybe storage products like hard drives and optical media. But do you ever think "power strip?" You might begin to soon, as the company has made public a new prototype of sorts that might just up-end the power strip market for good. And while that may not seem like a big deal to the Average Joe, hardcore gadget nerds know just how important a good, well-spaced-out power strip can be. There's nothing like coming up one socket too short!

The company has designed a new strip that's outfitted with a power sensor to "measure electrical energy at each outlet in real time to help figure out how much electricity is being used in an office." It's just the next logical step in the shift towards energy conservation at every level, and having the ability to closely monitor how much drain is coming from each socket could be a huge help for those who want to cut back but really are in the dark about where to start.



The strip will also come with the ability to show measured data and a scheduler for turning items on/off, and a visual graph of the power consumption will be available for easy viewing. Each outlet of the power strip is equipped with a contactless power sensor that has a resolution of 1W and can measure up to 2,000W, but plans are still in place to get it out to the commercial market. Something tells us it'll be there soon; this isn't a product waiting for its time to come, it's a product that just so happens to be hitting during a peak market.


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And that connects to your computer how?

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USB port on the side of the power strip + special (Windows-only, no doubt) software.

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When people don't have to do any work to know what they are doing (lol), they usually become more knowledgeable on what they are doing. Now as confusing as that statement was....

It's like calorie intake per day for human beings. People are utterly unaware on how many calories we ingest everyday, unless you are already a step ahead and keep a food journal. 

Anyway, if people were educated on just how much calories they eat, compared to how much they need/afford, then they will become more responsible on the matter. 

So lets say I eat  McDonald's for Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner. I know just from previous knowledge that I'm consuming a massive overdose of unhealthy food. But the exact calorie number is unknown. 

I bet if people knew how much they were hurting their body that they would stop eating there. Now, as obscure as that anology is, the same can be said for power consumption. 

It's really the same concept, if people were aware on how much energy they wasted, then they would be more responsible on just how much energy they use. 

And their wallet will surely thank them when they realize that the power bill is $100 cheaper. But the likelihood of the masses buying this power strip to realize their wasteful habits...is low. 

 

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This is definitely an idea I've been waiting for for quite some time, as I currently have to use individual power monitors for each port, unfortunately, that's Japanese on the screen, so I imagine it'll be a bit before it hits the US market.

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Well, Fujitsu is a global company so if they wanted to, they can introduce this to the US market pretty easily in my opinion.

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MariusMalek

""When people don't have to do any work to know what they are doing (lol), they usually become more knowledgeable on what they are doing. Now as confusing as that statement was....

It's like calorie intake per day for human beings. People are utterly unaware on how many calories we ingest everyday, unless you are already a step ahead and keep a food journal.

Anyway, if people were educated on just how much calories they eat, compared to how much they need/afford, then they will become more responsible on the matter.

So lets say I eat McDonald's for Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner. I know just from previous knowledge that I'm consuming a massive overdose of unhealthy food. But the exact calorie number is unknown.

I bet if people knew how much they were hurting their body that they would stop eating there. Now, as obscure as that anology is, the same can be said for power consumption.

It's really the same concept, if people were aware on how much energy they wasted, then they would be more responsible on just how much energy they use.

And their wallet will surely thank them when they realize that the power bill is $100 cheaper. But the likelihood of the masses buying this power strip to realize their wasteful habits...is low. ""

--And everyone calls me the conspiracy theorists?

Its good to see they are teaching Marxism today.

At least now someone might be able to prove that Vampire energy exists!

Oh wait, You still have to have the computer turned on to prove it?

Remember when Mao said this "There are two ways of being happy: We must either diminish our wants or augment our means - either may do - the result is the same and it is for each man to decide for himself and to do that which happens to be easier. "

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

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I'm a little confused on how my statement above is considered a conspiracy theory. It's a fact that when people are aware of what they are doing, then they are fully conscience of it from then on. 

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@animatortom

 

There have been power monitors/meters for the longest time that you can use to prove/disprove vampire energy draw. Just plug it into the outlet and plug a device into it. Like a phone charger without the phone.

 

Here is a cheap one:

http://www.amazon.com/P3-International-P4400-Electricity-Monitor/dp/B00009MDBU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1270885344&sr=8-1

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Our company debuted a product similar to this at CES 2010 earlier this year, see http://www.i-sockets.com/. We just went into production, I wonder what the lead time is at Fujitsu.

The products currently on the market just display electricity usage on the LCD screen of the product itself. The Fujitsu product will be (guessing a bit here) communicating this information to remote devices like a laptop. It's also capable of receiving 'orders' to turn on/off the device which will allow you to not only monitor but also take action. It's nice to see the core features of iSockets echoed.

Some of the key innovations in the next-gen power strips will be how information is communicated. i-Sockets has a patented technology to allow communication through power lines and then wi-fi, no need for USB or wires and keeps the price lower for consumers.

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