We live in an age where mobile phones, lap tops and tablets are now slimmer and sleeker than ever. And this makes transporting them from A to B simply joyous. Except that, more often than not, they need charging as you go. Enter the heavy, antiquated, chunky power plug. Remaining unchanged since the Second World War, it scratches everything else in your handbag or bulks out any laptop bag. In short, we are screaming out for an updated, slicker version of the common plug.
So… imagine how much I squealed with delight as the Mu folding plug, designed by South Korean born Min-Kyu Choi, landed on my desk. A graduate of London’s Royal College of Art, this genius has shrunk the regular 4.5cm plug to a 1cm flat-pack contraption. To clarify, his Mu plug features a patented swivel mechanism allowing the three pins of the plug to fold away.
But I am, of course, not the first to praise Choi’s innovation. The Mu Folding Plug has won numerous design awards including the Design Museum, James Dyson and Wallpaper, when the iconic magazine immediately rejoiced in the new world of non-scratching, cumbersome plugs.
Now, who said a plug couldn’t be sexy?
COMPETITION: Retailing at £25 from www.themu.co.uk, I have managed to get hold of 5 Mu folding plugs* for LifeOfYablon readers. All you need to do is email firstname.lastname@example.org stating which country Min-Kyo Choi was born. Competition ends Tuesday 17th July 2012.
*USB adapters for universal smartphones
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