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Power strip with remote access

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000006978D
Publication Date: 2002-Feb-13
Document File: 2 page(s) / 1M

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Abstract

As the use of electronic gadgets increases, the conventional two outlet power source is insufficient to meet the demands of many power users. A home entertainment system, for example, often require multiple outlets for a stereo receiver, CD player, VCR, television, and so on.

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Power strip with remote access

As the use of electronic gadgets increases, the conventional two outlet power source is insufficient to meet the demands of many power users.  A home entertainment system, for example, often require multiple outlets for a stereo receiver, CD player, VCR, television, and so on. 

Millions of individuals rely on “power strips” to provide a sufficient number of outlets from a single power source.  Power strips are popular not only because of their ability to provide power for multiple devices, but also for their ability to switch on or off a number of different electronic devices at once.  Unfortunately, however, power strips often are stored in hard-to-reach places, such as under a desk or behind a couch.  This prevents the user from turning multiple devices on or off with the push of a single button. 

The present invention is an improved power strip that includes a wired power switch that can be accessed from a remote location.  A power strip hidden behind a couch, for example, could be turned on or off by pushing a remote power switch located on a side table or on the back of a couch. 

Figure 1 Power strip with remote control switch

Figure 1  shows a remote controlled power strip consisting of a power strip 110, remote control cord 120, and remote control switch 130