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

Submitted by: Kaida 6 years ago in Science

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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Male 1,287
"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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Male 15,329
I see two people having sex while both talking on the phone.
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Male 741
Etherkiller!
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Female 16
Finally! Now maybe my piece of shxt ipod will charge!
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Female 6,381
The two power outlets don`t look too happy about it.
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Male 1,451
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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Male 11,739
[quote]How long before all media outlets have a universal function with an apple interface?[/quote]

When the majority of the population loses its sanity.
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Male 2,591
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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Male 496
@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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Male 56
How long before all media outlets have a universal function with an apple interface?
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Male 183
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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Male 4,004
"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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Male 2,703
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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Male 657
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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Male 25,416
There have been out for about a year now
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Male 2,868
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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Male 2,868
@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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Female 1,435
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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Male 2,159
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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Male 4,793
Looks like the regular outlet is scared, it knows it`s useful time is coming to an end.
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Male 402
whoa,not bad.
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Male 598
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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Male 6,693
Must have.
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Male 7,378
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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Male 406
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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Male 5
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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Male 4,902
Interesting
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Male 3,667
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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Male 340
pretty neat idea
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Male 2,004
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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Male 7,378
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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Male 868

Plug in!
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Male 1,287
@ 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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Male 10,440
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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Male 55
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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Male 2,790
smart
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Male 3,343
"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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Male 2,376
i wonder how many milli amps those puppys crank out..
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Male 2,586
All good until they change sockets...

and if i`m not mistaken, is that a USB3.0 port?
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Male 1,557
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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Male 490
@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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Male 2,592
this has been around for a while
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Male 410
It`s a brilliant idea and about time.
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Male 622
nice idea
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Male 1,557
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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Male 357
electrical plugin ftw
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Male 10,855
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Male 89
sounds good to me
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Male 2,552
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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Female 253
Link: The New Electrical Socket: A Game Changer? [Pic] [Rate Link] - 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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