Leeches drink blood until they're full and then fall off of their host, but our plugged-in gadgets keep drinking electricity even once they're fully charged. The Outlet Regulator changes this by ejecting the plug from the electricity source once the gadget is done charging, turning vampire electronics into leeches.
Designed by Conor Klein, a student at Rhode Island School of Design, this device solves a dilemma faced in every home. We all want to prevent frivolous energy use by leaving gadgets plugged in too long, but it's almost impossible to unplug your devices at the exact point they're done charging. The Outlet Regulator takes care of that for you as demonstrated in the video above.
The product works by using a timer circuit and electromechanics to eject its plug which disconnects your device from the wall outlet, stopping electricity consumption.
This is an example of a design where you think, "how has no one thought of this before?" It's such an obvious solution and could easily be adopted by everyone. Hopefully we'll see this product on shelves soon. My only qualm is this: why must these things alway involve blood?
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