Maybe if you could actually see how much energy you're using, you wouldn't leave that PC running all night. That's the idea behind the Static Energy+Design Network's Power Aware Cord, a power strip whose connecting cable glows and pulses. Its electroluminescent wires embedded inside get brighter when more power flows through, pulsing and scintillating with various patterns that are difficult to ignore.
While this appears to be just a design concept so far, it looks purty and might just remind us of what power-sucking bastards we are. We're usually trying to hide power cables, wall warts and power strips, but this eye-catching design might give us an excuse to leave that spaghetti bowl of wires right out in the open. But don't the lights in the cord suck up even more energy? Maybe not much.
More pics after the jump.
Power Aware Cord [Interactive Institute]