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Sticking with the energy-saving theme, the Somniloquy device (above) allows PCs to respond to requests when they're in their low-power state.

When a request is made to access data or applications on the machine from a remote location, the Somniloquy device powers up the computer for the information to be obtained. Once the task has been completed, the device powers the machine down again.

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