Fused Plugs Make Your Consumption Conspicuous

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The problem with our gadget fetish is that we tend to forget how much juice all these toys of ours actually suck up. It never really hits until the energy bill shows up, and then you feel like an idiot for leaving your 50-inch TV on 24/7 while keeping the living room warm using only space heaters.

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Well, maybe if we knew what we were doing while we were doing it rather than after the fact it would be easier to practice some self-control. That's the idea behind these "Fused" plugs. They have a little digital display on them that shows just how much it would cost if you kept up the current level of consumption for a full year. Sure, that PS3 is fun, but when you realize it'll set you back an extra $20 a month it gets decidedly less fun.

It's just a concept at the moment, but it would be nice to see something like this actually get made.

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Somehow I don't think it's $20 a month. But now I'm curious. Darn you [Giz.not] in standby mode, it doesnt, but if you give it full power for a month straight, $20 is the least of your worries.

this would be awesome, because the kill-a-watt works in a pinch, but i'm beige-o-phobic, so i'd rather go with something brightly colored (and that green look would be an excuse to replace my blue case fan with a green one.) just make sure it gets released in a north american variety.

also, is the display electrophoretic? it has that monochrome no-backlight look that electrophoretic "e-paper" displays have, just wondering. whoever invented e-paper probably has a pre-sales sample of this and is using it to charge their MOTOFONE F3.