OWC: Power2U AC/USB Wall Outlet, GripStand, GripStation – CES 2012
Our friends at OWC were back at CES showing off the only UL-Listed in-wall solution for powering and recharging USB devices. The OWC Power2U wall outlet is a wall plug that contains two USB plugs.
Instead of the USB adapters, you can plug the USB device into the drive. Slide the shutter to the side and plug the cord in. The Power2U knows what device it is, therefore, gives the appropriate power.
Power2U also eliminates Vampire power – once you take out the USB cord, it stops supplying power to the outlet.
OWC is also looking to the enterprise – especially on the iPad. The GripStand Station is a box that stores your iPads, and charges them at the same time. Unlock the padlock, slide up the unlocking bar, pull out the iPad with a GripStand, and your on the go.
This is perfect for medical, hospitality and other companies using iPads for work.
The GripStation is $379. The GripStand is $29 (and comes in many colors). The Power2U is $28 ($22 for 2 or more).
Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDRNews for the TechPodcast Network.