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Redesigning the three-pin power plug

For his graduate student project, Min-Kyu Choi of the Royal College of Art in London came up with folding plug system inspired by the MacBook Air.

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Min-Kyu Choi

We blog about the latest gadgets on Crave, but sometimes the best ideas come from redesigning devices that we use on a daily basis--for example, the standard U.K. three-pin power plug. That's exactly what Min-Kyu Choi of the Royal College of Art in London conjured up for his graduate show upon completing his master's in product design.

His design is a folding plug system inspired by the MacBook Air. According to Choi, the Air is "the world's thinnest laptop," but "we still still use the world's biggest three-pin plug." When people carry laptops with U.K plugs in a bag, he says, the plugs can tear paper, scratch laptop surfaces, and break things.

folding plug
Min-Kyu Choi

Choi's plug measures only 10mm wide (just over 3/8 of an inch) when "folded" and features swiveling live and neutral pins. It has a pair of flaps that can be unfolded to complete the standard U.K. plug. What's even better is that the design has inspired him to come up with a multiplug adapter. This attaches up to three of his folding plugs while keeping the overall size only marginally bigger than the three-pin plug we use today.

(Source: Crave Asia via Design Sojourn)