Visible Energy UFO Power Strip Gets Its Commands From Your iPhone

As far as powerstrips go, Stanford's Visible Energy UFO is as cool as it gets. It monitors and tracks the energy consumption of plugged-in devices, and the whole shebang is controlled via the iPhone.

The UFO features four colour-coded outlets, a lidded bowl on top to store your gadgets (or chips—whichever you prefer) and a festive colour changing light that visually reminds you about how much power you are currently using.

The device itself has no switches—instead, the unit is controlled via the iPhone using a free app. It allows you to turn each of the four outlets on or off as well as monitor your power consumption remotely. Expect this green snack bowl/power strip to be available this summer for around $US200. [Visible Energy via OhGizmo]

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