Sunday, March 1, 2009

Say Hello to "Power-Hog"

Recently posted in Core77's Greener Gadgets Design Competition is the Power Hog. Honestly, I have a bit of a thing for pigs, so I loved this concept from the moment I saw it. It's a wonderful way to teach children (or the watt consumption uneducated) the value of the things that they take for granted on a daily basis. The process is simple: after plugging the desired device into the pig, which is plugged into the outlet, it is powered by inserting coins the same way that a piggy bank saves spare change. In fact, it is a bit of a piggy bank by itself as well, since the coins can be retreived later. Rather than spending hours with the television on, the user would begin to learn the value of the device at hand and spend less time with it on or, at the very least, left idling and sucking up electricity.

The Power Hog recently won second place in the competition with 1078 votes and was envisioned by Mathieu Zastawny, Mansour Ourasanah, Tom Dooley, Peter Byar, Elysa Soffer, Mathieu Turpault.

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