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A Power Cord that is Power Aware

by Shivaranjan on November 10, 2006

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Static has developed power strip that is capable of displaying the amount of power consumed by the appliance that is connected to it by means of glowing. The more power a device or appliance consumes the brighter the power strip glows.

How does power aware power cord work?
Electroluminescent wires which are embedded in the cord produce varying patterns of glowing and pulsating colours to indicates the approximate use of energy used at a given time.

Power strips are used on a daily basis in most homes as a means of ‘transporting’ energy to the products we use every day. The ‘Power-Aware Cord’ is a re-designed electrical power strip in which the cord is designed to visualize the energy rather than hiding it. The current use of electricity is represented through glowing pulses, flow, and intensity of light. Expressing the presence of energy through light can inspire people to explore and reflect upon the energy consumption of electrical devices in their home.

More information can be found in this pdf file that is hosted in Static’s home page.

My View:
I am very much impressed with this product as it can make you more aware of your power usage. This product gives communicates the power consumed by way of glowing and which is not a measurable. I would have been more impressed if it had a small display which could have displayed the amount of power consumed in watts. If this were available in India I would definitely give it a try. What do you think about this product?

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