In the 1960s we were told that the future was all about automated homes. (Also: jetpacks, flying cars, robot maids, etc.) The idea has since languished. But a few Kickstarter projects may yet prove the future is now.
Belkin's just tweaked its Powerline Networking hardware and made it a promising alternative to Wi-fi--it's been given ethernet speeds of a gigabit per second. That's five times faster than other powerline systems, and nearly twice as fast as 802.11n.
Most power strips are flagrant examples of terrible design--always conspicuous and hideously colored, they actually create more ugliness, by causing ugly wire tangles. What do you do with them? Here's a few of the best-designed power strips and cord management systems around: