I have a question for you to ponder (when you have time). Seeing that the P-Box version of the TIPI stays on and active 24/7, I thought, "What if?"
First, before I ask you the question, it would be assumed that Matt & Corey would 'add a function to the TIPI' before this could work. That function would be to take a status poll on a regular basis, say once an hour and if the result is positive, send a signal to a USB port.
Okay Vorticon, now for your part!
How would you take a signal from a USB port and process it to turn on three devices in sequence?
You might be wondering what am I talking about. Well, here is an example... say you have a Chatti message, once the TIPI knows you have one waiting, it sends a usable signal to a device plugged into the RPi USB port. The item plugged into the USB port would have to take the signal and then turn on three separate items in sequence, the P-Box, the TI console and then the monitor.
Of course a gadget like this could be used for other items as well, and there might have to be an auto-shut off worked into the thing after a pre-determined length of time, but I'm curious on what you think the best method would be.