New uk plug for apple!!!!!!

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  1. shucksmith1 macrumors newbie

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    Not 100% sure if this is the write forum but i needed to post this.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6DvjKkGT6s

    Watch this link and see a truely amazing new plug for the UK that apple should snap uk.

    what do you think???
     
  2. spillproof macrumors 68020

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    I don't live in the UK, but that is still really cool.
     
  3. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    That is a very good product/concept. Loved the multiplug at the end.
     
  4. Nadinengland macrumors newbie

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    The second product looked amazing, I can't believe this has never been done.
     
  5. thefunkymunky macrumors 65816

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    Truly a great design. I hope the developer gets backing from a manufacturer - I just hope it has been patented.
     
  6. Schtumple macrumors 601

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    Massive feeling of dejavu, still, awesome idea, hope someone starts the ball rolling :)
     
  7. tjhilder macrumors regular

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    i'd buy that for a dollar! i mean, er, pound! :)
     
  8. Wheaty macrumors regular

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    That is a really neat idea.

    Although just to be picky the colour coding of the wiring is incorrect and does not conform to the European harmonised colour codes....

    But I'll let them off for a prototype :)

    I must admit I dont like the UK plug I much prefer the Schuko used in most European countries.

    Just thought of another point.. While that plug looks good. The fuse carrier should not be removable while in use. I didnt find this clear from the video, but I'm sure that could be worked out.

    Wheaty
    (Sorry cant help it... Sparky)
     
  9. whooleytoo macrumors 603

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    Student re-designs UK plug

    Sometimes, the most amazing design changes are so simple. He's taken the functional, but bulky UK & Irish standard plug, and made it wonderfully compact. In particular, I love the 3-plug adaptor. If he could design a larger one for 6 plugs or so, it'd make such a difference to the my living room/study!

    He seems to be a fan of Apple products, any chance they could hire him? :)

    Student improves the uk plug.
     

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  10. instaxgirl macrumors 65816

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  11. philbeeney macrumors 6502

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    That is quite amazing.

    I love the three plugs takes up the same size as a normal wall plug. Just think how many power bars you could get rid of.
     
  12. BoyBach macrumors 68040

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    That is quite, quite brilliant.

    Ahem! Cupertino fire up your photocopiers. ;)
     
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  14. greg555 macrumors 6502a

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    Impressive.

    From the video it looked like there was a commutator to make electrical connection to the two pivoting pins. Hopefully there is enough room in there to do it reliably and with sufficient current rating.

    Greg
     
  15. skunk macrumors G4

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    I did rather wonder about the connections to the live and neutral pins: would they be up to repeated engagement and disengagement and carrying up to 3kW without a dangerous amount of sparking? Maybe not. In fact, almost certainly not. There is not enough separation.
     
  16. Peterkro macrumors 68020

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    While it's a great design I have my doubts about moving parts in a plug top, although it's unclear from the video how it's achieved I'm guessing sliding contacts which would create problems.Probably O.K. for low wattage devices like laptops but not so good with kettles etc. If they also produced a different sized fuse that only went up to 3 amp it might be viable.
     
  17. remmy macrumors 6502a

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    Very sadly I get the feeling it will never be used, I saw this video a while back and haven't heard any rumour that a company was interested. I guess they think it would cost to much to be bothered to spend on developing it.
     
  18. arkitect macrumors 601

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    Oh that is a very elegant solution.

    Hopefully they will get the right support to make it a commercial success.
     
  19. AdeFowler macrumors 68020

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    Absolutely amazing. Apple really should hire this guy now.
     
  20. Mark-Mac-Attack macrumors regular

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    Very good, would love to see it becoming commonplace. Can't stand the way iPod was written though! :apple:
     
  21. adder7712 macrumors 68000

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    Great concept.

    Hope it is manufactured. The plug is simply too big (we use the same plug as in the UK).

    This should show how HUGE the plugs in comparison to an non-earthed US plug and a bit of my MacBook. :p
     

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  22. djellison macrumors 68020

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    I want it. That is an awesome way to transition UK plugs. The UK design is big and ugly, but it's very safe. This is the perfect way to have that safety in a smaller package. I love it.
     
  23. moel macrumors 6502

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    except it's not really that safe.

    The plastic covering that flaps out when it's plugged in, is too easy to pull back so a small toddler with wet fingers could quite easily plug itself into the mains.
     

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