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#372737 - 11th Dec 2009 8:48am RCA student radically improves the UK plug
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The Royal College of Art's graduate show has opened, and this year, the show-stopper was a plug. Min-Kyu Choi impressed every passer by with his neat, apparently market-ready plug that folds down to the width of an Apple MacBook Air. "The MacBook Air is the world's thinnest laptop ever. However, here in the UK, we still use the world's biggest three-pin plug," says Choi.

Choi's plug is just 10mm wide when it is folded. To unfold it, the two live pins swivel 90 degrees, and the plastic surround folds back around the pins so the face of the plug looks the same as a standard UK plug. The idea produced a spin off, too. Choi created a multi-plug adaptor, a compact standard plug sized unit with space for three folded plugs to slot in, as well as one that charges USB devices.














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#372738 - 11th Dec 2009 8:52am Re: RCA student radically improves the UK plug [Re: StuyMac]
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absolute genious, That choi will be a millionaire shortly.
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#372741 - 11th Dec 2009 9:00am Re: RCA student radically improves the UK plug [Re: Sanchez]
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Brilliant Idea,

Just need to get them on to your every day devices. Doesn't look DIY friendly

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#372742 - 11th Dec 2009 9:01am Re: RCA student radically improves the UK plug [Re: Sanchez]
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They didnt think much of my idea though frown

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#372808 - 11th Dec 2009 11:14am Re: RCA student radically improves the UK plug [Re: StuyMac]
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Originally Posted By: Beaker
They didnt think much of my idea though frown



Well of course they didn't; both wires are the same colour which obviously contravenes IEE wiring regulations(BS7671) 17th.edition.
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#372825 - 11th Dec 2009 12:11pm Re: RCA student radically improves the UK plug [Re: chriskay]
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I want to see the inside. It's probably not rewireable. Where does the fuse fit? It'll cost a fortune to get it BS and ASTA approved. Very clever and neat idea though! yes

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#372827 - 11th Dec 2009 12:40pm Re: RCA student radically improves the UK plug [Re: bri445]
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Very clever!

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#372836 - 11th Dec 2009 1:57pm Re: RCA student radically improves the UK plug [Re: Garygadge]
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im not to fussed, looks a bit flimsy to me, it would last 5 minutes with me laugh

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#372844 - 11th Dec 2009 2:44pm Re: RCA student radically improves the UK plug [Re: chris_gilly]
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quality. genius that. nd am guessing the fuse goes underneath the little red cirlce's on the plug smile i want 1 smile
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#372851 - 11th Dec 2009 3:42pm Re: RCA student radically improves the UK plug [Re: Rickie_Robbo]
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quality. genius that. nd am guessing the fuse goes underneath the little red cirlce's on the plug smile i want 1 smile


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#372893 - 11th Dec 2009 6:43pm Re: RCA student radically improves the UK plug [Re: Garygadge]
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5th and 6th pictures dont add up the wires will have to come out of the multi upwards looking at the earth pin

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#372897 - 11th Dec 2009 7:17pm Re: RCA student radically improves the UK plug [Re: sonyj]
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The problem is that in picture 5, the adaptor is being held in the wrong orientation; 180 degrees out.
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#372902 - 11th Dec 2009 7:32pm Re: RCA student radically improves the UK plug [Re: chriskay]
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Strange he did not notice that, if these are meant to be publicity pictures!

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#372906 - 11th Dec 2009 7:36pm Re: RCA student radically improves the UK plug [Re: chriskay]
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if you turn the plug you also have to turn the thin the thin plug which will send the the wires out the thin plug upwards not like the last picy which go downwards

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#372909 - 11th Dec 2009 7:51pm Re: RCA student radically improves the UK plug [Re: sonyj]
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I think not. Look at the very first pic. The bigger gap is between the 2 live pins, the smaller gap is between a live pin & the earth pin. The adaptor in pic.5 just wants turning 180 deg. then the thin plug will fit. As pictured, the plug wont fit into the adaptor because the pin spacing is wrong.
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