I would expect that USB charging ports will become ubiquitous very soon -- starting with Wi-Fi hot spots -- perhaps Starbucks.
Hauling around a wall wart will be passe... a stub-whip from iPad to USB will be considered common as dust.
These ports will augment/ supplant Cat 5 ports... but with an eye towards the new mediums.
PCs are yesterday's revolution -- sales are dropping -- from 330,000,000 per year to only 300,000,000 per year. (They must be staying in China.) iPads and its clones are simply exploding across the planet.
USB ports stop local super-saturation of WiFi networks.
And there is a movement to make LED lumieres powered via Cat 5e ... which can then be digitally mapped by an App... up and down the scale: both brightness and color and color temperature.
In this scheme, the fixtures can be cabled and re-cabled by DIY owners, at will, and without any fire hazards.
Certainly, this will be the wave of the future for hazardous locations -- in very short order.
We may have to re-install every lumiere ever made during the next twenty-five years.
Certainly, this is the death of the Edison A-19 lamp/ bulb... until more sense prevails.
(There are no end of short-life applications where the A-19 classic makes perfect sense. Instead of out lawing them... these energy pigs should have had a nuisance excise tax applied... Just nothing too drastic. As it stands, we're not supposed to have them -- even when the lumiere is a period piece in a historical setting. Perfection is the enemy of the Good.)
I'm a little disappointed at the lack of response to this thread - and the lack of enthusiasm for these devices.
That they exist at all suggests that there is a market for things that are not simply the cheapest possible option. Remember- we're businessmen, not auditors. We're supposed to CHASE the money, not follow it!
Further viewing of that magazine shows all manner of lovely kitchens- all missing required receptacles. The worst offenders are the islands- I expect the pop-out (out the side, not the top!) is a solution designers might like.
The On/off outlet flies in the face of those who argue for 'ground up,' but it incorporates a switch - a feature common overseas. These things might just become 'mandatory' in the next code edition
The switches suggest all manner of new approaches for devices exposed to the weather, or other challenges.
Of course, I look at these new gizmos from my own unique point of view. In my home, I expect the cats would quickly find all manner of amusement, popping outlets and switching lights in the wee hours