FastMac U-Socket: Power Outlet With USB 3.0 And iPad Charging Support

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News Posted: Sat, May 22 2010 6:43 PM
USB is everywhere. It's truly the Universal Serial Bus, with focus onthe "Universal" part. Every PC we can think of has at least one or twoof the ports, and just about every peripheral on the market supportsit. It's one of the few constants in the PC universe, but outside ofthe PC world, there isn't' too much USB to be had. Every now and then,you'll find a USB socket within a vehicle (usually for iPodconnectivity), but have you ever seen one in a wall outlet?

FastMac is hoping that you'll soon be answering yes, as the companywill soon roll out a U-Socket that has built-in USB ports alongside thetypical AC power outlets. The product has been in development since atleast last year, but it has recently been redesigned in order to meetthe stringent safety requirements needed before it can be sold inAmerica. Energy Star qualifications have also now been passed, and theU-Socket could very well change the landscape of how gadgets are usedin the home.


The U-Socket was mainly designed in order to provide charging ports forUSB devices as well as typical devices that use AC power. Americanshave been buying up portable electronics at a record pace, so there's agrowing need for having widely accessible USB charging nearby. What'smost unique about the U-Socket is that each port is also USB 3.0, sothere's the possibility that you could link up some sort of in-home USBnetwork as well. Each port also supports 10-watt charging, so iPad tablets andother high-draw devices can charge through this as well.

The device should be clear for shipment by the fall of this year, andeach outlet will cost just under $20. Not bad at all, particularly foruse in your "man cave" or "gadget den."
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realneil replied on Sun, May 23 2010 8:46 AM

I can see a need for this thing and I think it's a good idea.

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