The venerable three pin plug has been with us for many years: whilst we all know that our plugs are better, safer and generally brilliantly British, nothing can alter the fact that they are a bit cumbersome—especially as gadgets get smaller and smaller.
As such, surely this must be the best re-invention of anything ever?
The multiple plug adaptor.
The Royal College of Art's graduate show has opened, and this year, the show-stopper was a plug. Min-Kyu Choi impressed every passer by with his neat, apparently market-ready plug that folds down to the width of an Apple MacBook Air. "The MacBook Air is the world's thinnest laptop ever. However, here in the UK, we still use the world's biggest three-pin plug," says Choi.
Choi's plug is just 10mm wide when it is folded. To unfold it, the two live pins swivel 90 degrees, and the plastic surround folds back around the pins so the face of the plug looks the same as a standard UK plug. The idea produced a spin off, too. Choi created a multi-plug adaptor, a compact standard plug sized unit with space for three folded plugs to slot in, as well as one that charges USB devices.
This is, quite simply, genius.
Let's hope that we get to see this on the market before wireless power takes over, eh?