Sanwa's power strip has a wattage-reader built-in

Well, it's about damn time. It's a simple update, but a meaningful one: a new power strip from Japan's Sanwa that helps you keep track of your wattage thanks to an LCD screen on the unit. You can also turn off individual plugs when you don't need to use whatever's hooked up, and you'll know at all times just how much power you're using. The strip will also alert you when you're approaching 1,500W (though it's unclear whether that's just a general warning or the load of the strip.

No word on pricing or availability yet, though, really, we'd just like to see something like this become the standard for future power strips.

Akihabara News, via Engadget