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Date: 06/29/11 09:21 AM

50 Responses to The New Electrical Socket: A Game Changer? [Pic]

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    Kaida Female 13-17
    253 posts
    June 29, 2011 at 9:23 am
    Link: The New Electrical Socket: A Game Changer? - Do you know how many times this would have come in handy in my life? This needs to be standard from here on out.
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    TruTenrMan Male 30-39
    2553 posts
    June 29, 2011 at 9:26 am
    This has been out for a while. I design electrical systems for architects, and I wish they`d let us use these.
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    reefaleaf420 Male 18-29
    89 posts
    June 29, 2011 at 9:27 am
    sounds good to me
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    Cajun247 Male 18-29
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    June 29, 2011 at 9:32 am
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    sugaman2k3 Male 18-29
    357 posts
    June 29, 2011 at 9:34 am
    electrical plugin ftw
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    TR-Wolf Male 18-29
    1557 posts
    June 29, 2011 at 9:35 am
    American plug sockets are funny, they look like faces. At least you finally have three pins on them now, those two pin things you had seemed archaic :/
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    ATL1EN Male 18-29
    622 posts
    June 29, 2011 at 9:37 am
    nice idea
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    keg74 Male 30-39
    410 posts
    June 29, 2011 at 9:38 am
    It`s a brilliant idea and about time.
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    techgeek07 Male 30-39
    2594 posts
    June 29, 2011 at 9:38 am
    this has been around for a while
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    IceDragon77 Male 18-29
    490 posts
    June 29, 2011 at 9:40 am
    @TR-Wolf I do hope you know that those three prong plugs have been standard for at least 20 years now... xD
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    TR-Wolf Male 18-29
    1557 posts
    June 29, 2011 at 9:43 am
    IceDragon: Really? I`ve seen lots of places in the US where it`s still 2 prongs when I`ve been on holiday to the US (especially in Florida).

    But still. Yeah. They look funny. Hurr hurr.

    I wish ours had faces. They don`t.

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    beternal Male 18-29
    2589 posts
    June 29, 2011 at 9:47 am
    All good until they change sockets...

    and if i`m not mistaken, is that a USB3.0 port?
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    greenbasterd Male 18-29
    2377 posts
    June 29, 2011 at 9:47 am
    i wonder how many milli amps those puppys crank out..
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    Rick_S Male 40-49
    3275 posts
    June 29, 2011 at 9:48 am
    "American plug sockets are funny, they look like faces. At least you finally have three pins on them now, those two pin things you had seemed archaic :/" At 42, I don`t remember a time without them. I remember they weren`t standard, but they`ve been around for as long as I can remember.
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    cyborg Male 13-17
    2790 posts
    June 29, 2011 at 9:53 am
    smart
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    mick1015 Male 30-39
    55 posts
    June 29, 2011 at 9:59 am
    US plugs have 2 or 3 prongs, depending on what the appliance is. I`d rather have either over these ghastly enormous British things they stick in the wall.
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
    10443 posts
    June 29, 2011 at 10:09 am
    Reminds me of people who have ethernet cable running through the house, for peripherals like printers.

    Same deal here.

    You might think that`s usb 3.0, because it`s blue, but that`s nonsense, since the cable is the same, it`s just the controllers at the end that have been updated.

    ... on the other hand, all we see is the socket so for all we know, this person could have built their entire computer within the wall, and this is all that`s exposed.
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    Fuego Male 40-49
    1287 posts
    June 29, 2011 at 10:12 am
    @ greenbasterd 2100mA. FWIW, USB 2.0 standard allows for a maximum draw of 500mA, 3.0 allows for 900mA. These USB type A receptacles are for power only.

    sauce
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    rogue_knight Male 40-49
    868 posts
    June 29, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Plug in!
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    madest Male 40-49
    7379 posts
    June 29, 2011 at 10:34 am
    Great idea but those ports need to go somewhere. Some central computer location which would be limited in their distance from the computer I assume. There needs to be some hurdles crossed before these become standard and by then USB ports will probably be a thing of the past...
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    kribbe Male 18-29
    2006 posts
    June 29, 2011 at 10:48 am
    this would be really good if it was implemented every where around the globe, because it is universal you would never have to worry about charging a phone or a computer when traveling outside your home country
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    trippy25 Male 18-29
    340 posts
    June 29, 2011 at 10:48 am
    pretty neat idea
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    DuckBoy87 Male 18-29
    3147 posts
    June 29, 2011 at 10:53 am
    Not necessarily madest. I believe you are insinuating that the USB needs to be connected to a hard drive. The iPhone and iPad and such has an outlet to USB converter, which to my knowledge has no computer like qualities.

    The same goes to a product that GameStop sells, a universal DS charger, which charges DS`s via USB. It too comes with a outlet to USB converter, albeit not as strong as the Apple one.

    There`s also the PS2 which has USB ports but no hard drive.

    So I think it is possible, they just need to copy what Apple did for their chargers.
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    xCYBERDYNEx Male 18-29
    4903 posts
    June 29, 2011 at 11:00 am
    Interesting
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    Gimli420 Male 18-29
    5 posts
    June 29, 2011 at 11:07 am
    I thought this was already implemented in America. I just get by with my socket-usb adapter. @madest it doesn`t have to go somewhere because the data contact points and the power contact points are separate.
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    tobyvictory Male 70 & Over
    407 posts
    June 29, 2011 at 11:13 am
    The outlet is upside down. New code says the ground needs to be on top so if something were to fall and slip in between the plug and outlet it can`t complete the circuit and start a fire.
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    madest Male 40-49
    7379 posts
    June 29, 2011 at 11:20 am
    If these are specifically for charging then the outlet will come with a built in transformer which will probably keep them from being a standard for outlets. I can see a few of these in an office build-out, perhaps one or two in a home but now you can buy a usb cord that plugs into a wall outlet saving you from looking for one of these.
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    meepmaker Male 30-39
    6694 posts
    June 29, 2011 at 11:22 am
    Must have.
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    imnakdjumpme Male 18-29
    598 posts
    June 29, 2011 at 11:27 am
    I sell mini and now micro-usbs that are suppose to become the standard, because of its better eletrical properties in a smaller package. I am told the micro-usb will be the new standard in the near future...
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    KAKABAKA Male 30-39
    402 posts
    June 29, 2011 at 11:35 am
    whoa,not bad.
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    TKD_Master Male 18-29
    4794 posts
    June 29, 2011 at 12:29 pm
    Looks like the regular outlet is scared, it knows it`s useful time is coming to an end.
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    Mikeado Male 18-29
    2160 posts
    June 29, 2011 at 12:49 pm
    Clearly the normal socket is scare-- Get outta my head TKD!

    If you plug a video game steering wheel into it, you can actually steer the house. True story.

    SPOILER: Not a true story.
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    DeathToLems Female 18-29
    1435 posts
    June 29, 2011 at 12:51 pm
    its like the plug socket knows its about to be made redundant. poor thing, hope he gets a fat redundancy pay.
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    sbeelz Male 30-39
    2868 posts
    June 29, 2011 at 1:15 pm
    @madest- I agree. Especially since pretty much every phone that uses a USB charger comes with an outlet adapter. My iPod didn`t, but I`d bet this isn`t compatible with my iPod :/
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    sbeelz Male 30-39
    2868 posts
    June 29, 2011 at 1:21 pm
    Also, I don`t think that the USB will replace the current designs for electrical outlets entirely as some are suggesting. I have a hard time imagining being able to pull enough current through a USB port to run, say, a microwave oven, a vacuum cleaner, the power supply in my desktop computer, or a power-saw. But then again, I don`t know jack about electrical engineering.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
    25408 posts
    June 29, 2011 at 1:27 pm
    There have been out for about a year now
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    Thdot Male 30-39
    658 posts
    June 29, 2011 at 2:12 pm
    They do not fit in standard size outlet wall boxes. You need an oversize box. So you cannot just swap them out with your old outlets without breaking electrical code. If you do and your house burns down your insurance will not cover you.
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    IkeRay Male 18-29
    2705 posts
    June 29, 2011 at 2:19 pm
    except for the price, you might as well just get a transformer that does the same thing. and the beauty, you can unplug the transformer and not have phantom energy
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    Batmanners Male 18-29
    4007 posts
    June 29, 2011 at 2:23 pm
    "I have a hard time imagining being able to pull enough current through a USB port to run, say, a microwave oven, a vacuum cleaner, the power supply in my desktop computer, or a power-saw."

    The point isn`t to power appliances with it. It`s to recharge your phone without having to unplug whatever may be there. My thought it "Ooh, I can play and charge my PS3 controller from more than 2 feet away from the TV."
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    blounsb999 Male 40-49
    183 posts
    June 29, 2011 at 2:35 pm
    You know, a lot of people are going to the square style of outlets and switches, that could offer the space for one usb port in the middle, without the oversized box.
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    TwoTone Male 18-29
    56 posts
    June 29, 2011 at 3:06 pm
    How long before all media outlets have a universal function with an apple interface?
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    MildCorma Male 18-29
    496 posts
    June 29, 2011 at 5:27 pm
    @batmanners

    with the advent of USB3 I can certainly see the advantages over a conventional household socket. This also moves towards changing what`s essentially an analog object ruling a digital world.
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    keith2 Male 18-29
    2587 posts
    June 29, 2011 at 7:37 pm
    Guess you could stick a lil power supply behind the wall. But then you could never disconnect it without removing the faceplate. Stupid standby power eating away at your wallet.
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    freddyferret Male 40-49
    11742 posts
    June 29, 2011 at 7:40 pm
    How long before all media outlets have a universal function with an apple interface?

    When the majority of the population loses its sanity.
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    Spider_sol Male 18-29
    1452 posts
    June 29, 2011 at 8:23 pm
    keith2, I now they don`t like to the original article but it`s actually switched. It`s a physical switch so the USB uses zero power when unplugged. IIRC it may have an electrical switch built in as well, so if you have the cord plugged in but nothing on the other side it goes into a really low standby.
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    carmium Female 50-59
    6381 posts
    June 29, 2011 at 9:11 pm
    The two power outlets don`t look too happy about it.
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    ummkay Female 18-29
    16 posts
    June 30, 2011 at 3:58 am
    Finally! Now maybe my piece of shxt ipod will charge!
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    ChainsawNbud Male 50-59
    744 posts
    June 30, 2011 at 5:25 am
    Etherkiller!
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    Draculya Male 40-49
    14544 posts
    June 30, 2011 at 6:52 pm
    I see two people having sex while both talking on the phone.
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    Fuego Male 40-49
    1287 posts
    July 1, 2011 at 6:41 am
    "They do not fit in standard size outlet wall boxes. You need an oversize box."

    Really late to the party here, but no. Just no. They require a minimum of 16 cubic inch single gang work box. Even houses built in the 60`s had 16-18 c.i. boxes (at least in my neck of the woods). Standard modern work boxes are 18 cubic inches. Deep boxes are around 21 cubic inches.

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