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Mu, the Awesome Folding UK Power Plug, is Now Shipping

By - Source: Wired UK | B 15 comments

The design that blew our minds three years ago is back, and this time it's a real product.

A few years ago, the design of one Royal College of Arts student caught the attention of the tech world. It took the usually bulky, three-prong British plug and turned it into a slimmer, sexier, more compact design. South Korea-born Min-Kyu Cho was the man behind the design but he has since teamed up with businessman Matthew Judkins to bring it to life. Now, three years later, the product is coming to market. Last week it was announced that the Mu, as it is now called, had finally hit pre-order status. It ships now.

At the moment, the Mu serves as a USB adapter for charging cables, but wouldn't it be great if this unique design eventually ended up on laptop adapters, lamps, and pretty much anything else with a plug. It may be wishful thinking but that cool folding design looks like it might finally eliminate the special kind of pain that comes from standing on a UK-region plug.

The Mu costs £25 and is available from the official website.

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    killabanks , February 29, 2012 7:12 AM
    hahchbnmthey show in that video and it can be played on current tegra 2 phones, theres cracks that allow it to work on adreno gpu's as well. Gorgeous game for a phone.

    what? lol
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    Cons29 , February 29, 2012 7:30 AM
    wrong section maybe? :) 
    anyway, having moving parts will most likely cause some trouble after some time. they better build it good
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    DXRick , February 29, 2012 7:41 AM
    Wow. And to think I was alive when this was created.
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    bin1127 , February 29, 2012 8:04 AM
    What will they think of next?
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    womble , February 29, 2012 9:17 AM
    "special kind of pain that comes from standing on a UK-region plug" I think there are very few people over here who will disagree with that observation.

    As a weapon the UK plug has few equals, I hear even the Klingons banned their use.
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    Anonymous , February 29, 2012 12:23 PM
    Another over engineered white elephant.
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    nukemaster , February 29, 2012 1:06 PM
    Maybe its just me, but can they not just use a similar folding design to what we have in the US/CAN. IT only needs to prongs and they just fold flat into the unit it self. Or does a ground place holder prevent reverse polarity(2 prong stuff here has no worries of polarity) for them.

    US/CAN charger with folding plug, and many have this design now.
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    alyoshka , February 29, 2012 1:13 PM
    This was one of the most amazing ideas 3 years ago, and to get it accepted and finally come out into the market, it's taken them 3 years. Great going, this is the beginning of a very very well earnt rest.
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    fazers_on_stun , February 29, 2012 2:29 PM
    Hmm, and here I was expecting a power plug that could fold proteins too :D ..
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    Alabalcho , February 29, 2012 6:01 PM
    @Nukemaster, UK plugs need the ground pin (even if it is plastic) as it actually "unlocks" a door on the outlet for live / neutral pins. The plug itself usually contains a fuse as well.
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    mikewong , February 29, 2012 6:28 PM
    The UK plug design was wrong since the beginning...
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    mickey21 , February 29, 2012 8:21 PM
    mikewongThe UK plug design was wrong since the beginning...

    Agreed, a more horrible common plug for a country there does not exist. Plug fail. You would think they would eventually call for a complete redesign, but I guess that might be a pain. Heck they did it with light bulbs, why not plugs.
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    Benihana , February 29, 2012 10:49 PM
    Wow. The English sure aren't off to a good start in the world of tech news.
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    pjmelect , February 29, 2012 10:50 PM
    The UK plug is very well designed it does not fall out of the socket like the American one does if it is knocked, it is much safer because of the higher voltages in the UK making it impossible to come in contact with the electricity, it is earthed, fully fused and it can handle twice the power of the American plug.
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    nukemaster , March 1, 2012 12:13 AM
    I am sure all plugs in US/CAN are fully grounded as well. The third prong in the article is nothing more then a place peg(thanks Alabalcho) to open the safety shutters(Tamper Resistant for US/CAN users)

    http://www.leviton.com/OA_HTML/ibeCCtpSctDspRte.jsp?section=23899&minisite=10021

    The plugs are fused because they CAN provide more then the 13 amps(2a 3a 5a 10a) standard devices use. This is almost a needed safety.

    Many US/CAN higher power devices can have a integrated circuit breaker on the plug as well.

    The BS 1363 is however as you say VERY safe. And they adopted those safety shutters very early.

    While we(US/CAN) can not get as much power(due to the lower voltage + higher current needing much bigger wires). We do still have 20 amp 110-120(12 gauge wire) volt plugs as well. After that, well we break out the 240 volt stuff too :) 

    Check this out.

    http://www.slimplug.com/