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PLUG-IN – Why Weren’t They Designed Like This In The First Place?

PLUG-IN (Image courtesy BusinessWeek Online)By Andrew Liszewski

Besides the obvious benefit of making it easier to plug things in when you’re bending over I can instantly see many other advantages to this upgraded electrical outlet.

Designed by University of Notre Dame student Julia Burke the PLUG-IN managed to take the silver award in the Student Design category of this year’s IDEA Awards. Not only is the PLUG-IN design more convenient but it also helps prevent cords from accidentally being yanked out while at the same time making it easier to unplug them intentionally thanks to extra leverage. And anyone who has ever tried to plug two large adapters into a standard outlet will also appreciate the angled design.

The best part I think is that the PLUG-IN is designed as a face-plate that can be easily installed onto an existing outlet without the need for re-wiring.

[PLUG-IN @ BusinessWeek Online (#101)] VIA [Smart Stuff]