XLR8 has released a new USB hub, the IceView hub. This powered, 4-port hub attempts to one-ups the competition by providing an avenue for monitoring USB use called the USB Loadmeter. According to XLR8:
Today, XLR8 announced the latest addition to their USB peripheral device product line, the IceView Hub. In addition to adding four multi-powered USB ports, this ice colored hub offers an exclusive USB Loadmeter for monitoring port usage. The USB Loadmeter ensures that users get optimum performance from their USB devices, by providing valuable feedback that protects the user from overloading their USB controller.
Key advantages of the IceView Hub include:
Mac USB 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, iBook and iMac compatible.
4 USB expansion ports - users are able to expand the system ports fourfold.
High-power expansion support - allows device expansion with devices that require additional power through the USB port, such as scanners, digital cameras, video capture and printers.
USB load monitoring - USB Loadmeter protects against intermittent USB performance by providing interactive feedback on USB usage
Ice Color Cool ice color coordinates nicely with all Macintosh systems
Compact form factor fits neatly on desk top, top of mini-tower, or under most displays.
Portable - small form factor includes a removable weight making the IceView extremely light and portable.
Pricing was not available at this time, but you can find more information on the IceView USB hub at the XLR8 web site.