Easy unplugging : Universal Plug by Kim Seung Woo
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Easy unplugging : Universal Plug by Kim Seung Woo

Designed by Kim Seung WooUniversal Plug is a very simple idea that should be implemented on all electronics. Pulling out a plug is not a hard work, but it is not always an easy task. This plug comes with a circular cut-out which can help you pull it out easily and encourage users to save energy, because we all know by now that leaving your electronics plugged in can suck away unused energy. I hope that some people who work in the electronics production see this idea …and who knows we will see it more and more in use, is very useful I think. – Via – 1, 2


14 comments

  • Héctor Almaraz January 7, 2009 at 21:22 PM Login to Reply →

    Hi Kim:

    This is the most simple and useful example of Industrial Design.
    Congratulations, It is a wonderful product!!!!

  • TimB January 9, 2009 at 14:24 PM Login to Reply →

    Excellent idea. For anyone it’s cool but for the elderly/infirm it’s a must have. Any chance of applying this concept to other plug designs, UK etc…

  • Anonymous January 9, 2009 at 16:53 PM Login to Reply →

    I think this is a very good idea. It would have helped my friend who got shocked while trying to unplug the toaster. LOL!

  • 42 January 11, 2009 at 05:13 AM Login to Reply →

    Contrary to what you may think, if you have ever used an EU-standard electrical plug, you will understand that while having a hole to conveniently pull out a plug is surely nice, the design above, the leveled two-pronged plug is not a good design. The reason is that with out a third un-leveled prong (like we have here in the US for ground), the prongs are more susceptible to being bent because there is no support for vertical movements. At any rate, I’m happy to see more environ-oriented design ideas.

  • 2onemay January 12, 2009 at 11:59 AM Login to Reply →

    This is the most simple and useful example of Industrial Design.Excellent idea.

  • Jamesieboy January 20, 2009 at 01:33 AM Login to Reply →

    Brilliant idea so simple I hope it catches on in Canada.

  • peter January 26, 2009 at 09:44 AM Login to Reply →

    good idea! but its not an invention. such electrical plug was
    still designed in the early 60’s on the famous school of design
    in ulm, germany.(hfg ulm)
    and i think there must be a reason, why this idea was never produced by
    the industry.

  • Dr.LAL July 14, 2009 at 21:38 PM Login to Reply →

    THIS IS NOT A GOOD IDEA. LOOK AT IT FROM THE SAFETY POINT OF VIEW.
    IF THERE IS A LEAK, AC REPELS. NOW WITH YOUR FINGER IN THE HOLE, YOU
    HAND/FINGERS WILL BE STUCK AND IT CAN BE FATAL !

  • garyvdh July 15, 2009 at 08:22 AM Login to Reply →

    I agree with the safety concerns. You should let an electrician look at this. If there is a short or a surge it will melt the plastic. Inserting your finger between the exposed wires is the worst thing you could do!

  • Luke Alexander September 14, 2009 at 21:16 PM Login to Reply →

    These is a very great design. Why it’s not used and implemented right now is something else. I hope to see this on market soon.

  • Nosblog March 27, 2010 at 14:11 PM Login to Reply →

    Ingenious design. Health and safety enabled as it’s insulated against electric shock I supposed. Great product of the future

  • Chris April 1, 2011 at 22:25 PM Login to Reply →

    This is not an original design. In 1959 a man called Aribert Vahlenbreder first came up with this idea.

    It can be found on page 314 of this book:

    The Semantic Turn
    A New Foundation for Design
    Klaus Krippendorff
    CRC Press 2006

    Please give him credit. Cheers

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