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 color-coded outlets, a lidded bowl on top to store your gadgets (or chips—whichever you prefer) and a festive color 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 $200. [Visible Energy via OhGizmo]