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UK Folding Plug concept could be the best thing since electricity

by Parm Mann on 23 June 2009, 12:42

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The British Standard BS 1363 power plug first arrived in 1946 after the Second World War, and the three-prong adaptor has remained big and bulky ever since.

That, sadly, isn't likely to change anytime soon, but bringing hope to all those who have to carry chargers for mobile devices is the UK Folding Plug concept.

As the name suggests, the concept literally folds a standard UK plug, making it just 1cm thick. What's equally impressive is that the plug can still be used when folded - provided a compatible socket or power strip is available, of course.

There's no word of it becoming a reality, but you can see it in action in the following demo video:

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Damn I wish I'd thought of that.
What sort of safety regulations govern plugs these days?

It's got a fuse and it's got the three prongs so i imagine it would be ok, but do the wires need to be a certain thickness/certain insulation thickness?

I'd happily buy a pack of ten and go round rewiring all of the gadgets i use the most! The idea to put a double width one as a USB adaptor on the three way (as well as a standard socket) is genius, i'd definitely get one of those. At the moment i use a Sony Walkman transformer block and one of those standard AC cables. Or one of these:
That is brilliant, such a simple and clever way to decrease the space used by a plug. This innovation is really remarkable and I do hope it gets to market really quick because I'd be glad to transfer most my plugs to something like this, currently have a massive 6 socket extension to run everything around my desk which is cumbersome and annoying.
Now that is inspired :surprised:

I seriously hope some manufacturers actually see this video.
Wow, why hasn't this come about earlier!
I really hope this takes off.