The other day we told you about upgrading your power sockets into "smart" plugs, but how about updating the actual design of the socket? Node, a concept design for futuristic wall units might replace not just normal sockets, but also the need for surge protectors. Included in the promotional photos are hinged plugs, allowing for the maximization of space. I can't wait to see the version of this for 3-pronged plugs or any number of foreign plug configurations.
That track looks similar to an old outlet I found rewiring my grandpa's old house, so this would be like updating to retro-style sockets. From what I understand they stopped using those outlets for good reason, I don't see a way to adapt this design for grounding, and this just doesn't seem as safe either.
Has this thing been near any regulatory agencies?
If I get this, it's 2 quasi rectangles of 110v. Doesn't sound good. Child proofing anyone?
See the TED video (click "smart" plugs link above) for grounding and childproof issues. Brilliant!.
Just use a tupperware lid for child proofing and ad one more track for grounds. it's so simple, maybe adding the smart plug will make it safe
If it's as smart as the smart plug, then it's great! It looks cool too!
The TED smart plug model won't work with this type of system - it relies on being able to individually turn on/off each outlet, whereas this system uses a single outlet for up to a dozen or so appliances.
Also, this type of power strip was used extensively in the 60's - especially for kitchen and workspace areas. They thought of many of the same perks - you can just keep plugging things in! Unfortunately it doesn't really work with GFCI, AFCI, or most other safety features that have come out over the past 40 years. Workspaces have switched to the long lines of 6" spaced outlets you see now, and kitchens use standard outlets more liberally placed.
In short, yet another instance of form over function.
i just cant wait for the wireless version.
where we dont need power outlets at all.
like the rfid scanner, we could use that to power the tv if its close enough to the wall.