PowerTech USB controlled Surge Protector CES 2010

PowerTech was exhibiting a Green Surge Protector that will work in some specific usages. The device detects through a sensor that you have plugged into a USB port when the computer power is shut off. When that happens the power strip then shuts down a bank of outlets. In theory shutting down your other devices such as a printer, scanner, monitor etc.. While I liked the solution it would be so much better if these companies would just ad current detection circuitry to the Surge Protectors and shut down plugs when current draw reduced below normal equipment operating levels.

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