ThinkEco’s Modlet

One of the products turning heads at CES in Las Vegas was the Modlet, short for Modern Outlet. It’s aim is to help eliminate so-called leaking electricity or vampire power. Home electronics and household appliances continue to draw substantial amounts of energy, even when the power is off. According to a recent study, ‘leaking electricity’ accounts for roughly 45 billion kilowatt-hours of ‘wasted’ electricity consumed by U.S. households each year, at a cost of more than $3.5 billion annually. From chargers that continue charging even when a product is fully charged, to products that are always ready to be activated (such as remote controls, televisions and computers that remain in ‘sleep mode’), leaking electricity has long been seen as a by-product of tech convenience. In recent years, the tech industry has begun addressing ways to plug the leak and maintain that aura of convenience that, ultimately, all tech gadgets seek to provide, from Green Plugs to energy-smart software.

ThinkEco’s modlet can communicate with a homeowner’s computer through a USB key. The system tracks how much energy electronics use with the modlet and allows the user to schedule things to turn off at set times. The product hits the market this spring for $50.

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