Bye Bye Ugly A/C Bricks and Power Strips

The Energy Saving Adapters by Gilles Belley not only look good but have some smarts behind them too. Each module corresponds to a device and monitors the power consumption independently. Most electrical devices have a standby mode to save energy but even then, about 10% of today’s electrical costs come from appliances wasting energy in that mode. The Energy Saving Adapters can detect this and display symbolic symbols notifying the owner of wasted energy. If someone doesn’t respond within 3 minutes, it automatically turns off said device.

It’s a gorgeous solution to visually show people how much power they’re wasting but there’s a catch 22 here. Someone like me would probably purposely leave everything on just to see the pretty lights on the adapters glow.

Designer: Gilles Belley & EDF Design

76 Comments

  • anarko_bizounours says:

    This is cool, but this produce was envisaged for different electric norm like, japanese norm, or french norm?

  • Futureboy says:

    Ugh. Someone tell the genius designer that if he just cuts the power, to, say, an inkjet printer as shown, that the heads aren’t going to be parked and it’ll leak ink and dry out rapidly, causing much more expense and waste.

    • Lyberty says:

      Go tell the genius designers of the the inkjet printers.

    • says says:

      wouldn’t that mean that when you have your inkjet on standby, the heads arent ‘parked’. they would dry out anyway? a printer was probably a bad example, especially with home use because people turn them off anyway.
      nice solution to the clutter though!

    • dicklips maggie says:

      someone tell future boy no one gives a fuck??

    • dicklips maggie says:

      someone tell future boy no one gives a fuck??

    • Andrew says:

      Have you heard of a power strip? If someone cuts off power to a power strip before shutting down the printer the same thing will happen. Just because the user may forget to shut it down that doesn't mean this designer should be at fault for redesigning a common item (the power strip) without eliminating an existing problem.

  • Shu says:

    Nice idea to clean things up. I like the fact that most out let hangs below the table’s surface. I hope it becomes available soon. I hope that the cords can be modular too, I need a 30ft(10m) cord to the only outlet in my workshop.

  • lodzik says:

    all thees stuff are totally weak

  • Michael says:

    Um…what other kind of symbols are there?

  • Hyeros says:

    Woowww. it’s great. How can i buy that thing? 🙂

  • snorski says:

    all good and wel… but where do I buy them?

  • dong says:

    It’s awesome. when can we get this?

  • Daniel says:

    Cant they just publish where you can buy these things?

  • soteres says:

    WHERE can i buy it ??????

  • flescio says:

    where can we buy it ???

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  • star-to-be says:

    it’s just in concept stage my friend..
    the 3D rendering made it real..
    anyway, brilliant idea! good job!

  • Jeff says:

    And the power bricks go… where?

  • cristina says:

    hello..want to contact the producer of the electricity saving device in stand by .Want to bring it to Chile.
    Please tel me the contact.
    thanks
    cris

  • terry says:

    http://www.healthesmoke.webatu.com

    Very cool design.An easy, visually appealing way to cut down energy usage

  • Skeptic says:

    10% of electricity use is appliances in standby mode? What nonsense. Who makes this stuff up? *Maybe* a stereo, tv or cell phone charger might be 10%, but to imply these are significant compared to air conditioners, refrigerators, and industrial equipment is just stupid.

    • dwindle says:

      Yes, it mostly applies to things like cell phones which use virtually no electricity to begin with.

      • Dan says:

        No, no it does not. Do some research.

        I hate it when people bring up the 'cell phone charger' myth. It's not true. Plug it through a voltage meter and see for yourself.

        The amount of electricity that an unused charger uses is so ridiculously miniscule that it's not even worth counting. Even over a period of say, a day (24 hours) you're still only using 1/1000th of a watt (or so).

      • Dan says:

        No, no it does not. Do some research.

        I hate it when people bring up the 'cell phone charger' myth. It's not true. Plug it through a voltage meter and see for yourself.

        The amount of electricity that an unused charger uses is so ridiculously miniscule that it's not even worth counting. Even over a period of say, a day (24 hours) you're still only using 1/1000th of a watt (or so).

  • dwindle says:

    A better idea would be to simply introduce secondary low voltage power in homes, for instance 5 volt plugs next to the ac where all devices share the same transformer instead of each having it’s own wasteful and bulky power brick. AC voltage dates back to a time when everything was high voltage ac. Today, it’s only necessary for refrigeration, ventilation, and heat.

  • Mike says:

    This is by far one of the most inventive, problem solving, diding, ergonomic idea this year to me.

  • Mike says:

    *tiding

  • Jens says:

    So it’s basically just a power brick bar attached to my desk?

    Where the hell are the powerbricks going?

  • rcko says:

    Has Yanko Design ever actually made a product? Seriously, 6 months ago I thought this stuff was cool, until I realized the people here are basically glorified graphic design artists.

    Obviously they can't get rid of third party power blocks economically.

    Hire a mechanical/electrical/product engineer to _design_ (you know, like in a way that can be fed to a CNC mill) the ideas that are actually somewhat feasible . Then manufacture and sell make real money. Heck, you might even learn something about how the real world works in the process.

    • RadhikaYD says:

      Hi rcko,
      Just wanted to clarify for you that Yanko Design showcases Designer works and projects, most of which are concept and inspirational. We do not design/manufacture any of these, we only write about them. Getting their works published and noticed in the blogosphere has helped many of the designers to get noticed, some have even managed to attract manufacturers and get their projects funded. Others have have inspired design lovers around the globe….
      I hope you see the bigger picture here…

  • rcko says:

    Has Yanko Design ever actually made a product? Seriously, 6 months ago I thought this stuff was cool, until I realized the people here are basically glorified graphic design artists.

    Obviously they can't get rid of third party power blocks economically.

    Hire a mechanical/electrical/product engineer to _design_ (you know, like in a way that can be fed to a CNC mill) the ideas that are actually somewhat feasible . Then manufacture and sell make real money. Heck, you might even learn something about how the real world works in the process.

    • RadhikaYD says:

      Hi rcko,
      Just wanted to clarify for you that Yanko Design showcases Designer works and projects, most of which are concept and inspirational. We do not design/manufacture any of these, we only write about them. Getting their works published and noticed in the blogosphere has helped many of the designers to get noticed, some have even managed to attract manufacturers and get their projects funded. Others have have inspired design lovers around the globe….
      I hope you see the bigger picture here…

  • Where do I get those plugs? Really cool

  • mrsleep says:

    Dont see how this thing gets rid of bricks.
    Another stupid concept that will never come to market.

    • nick kls says:

      they will most likely replace the power converters they seem to be roughly the same size as power converters these days

  • oem sofware says:

    I just can not imagine with strong your blog greatly that warned me! God bless you “There are in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance.” – Hippocrates

  • oem sofware says:

    I just can not imagine with strong your blog greatly that warned me! God bless you “There are in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance.” – Hippocrates

  • Icovada says:

    No that’s the French plug, Type E
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets#Type_E

    because there’s the ground prong sticking out from the mains itself, not from the plug

  • Icovada says:

    No that’s the French plug, Type E
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_s

    because there’s the ground prong sticking out from the mains itself, not from the plug

  • nick kls says:

    The plug really doesn't matter, you just change a small part of the design and wiring and boom, it works in a new country end of story
    The design is simply elegant and very pleasing to look at, it gets a ten out of ten, I can truely see them coming out to market

  • sasquatchmaster says:

    The same would happen in a power outage for most companies. Also, the reduced tangle means reduced fire hazard, and moreso if you can disable the power to any items like this that could comprise a hazard.

  • Cat says:

    I want this! Awesome.

  • Gestalt says:

    Excellent design look like hide and seek. bring no more messy around.. who design it?? I would like to know????

  • Gestalt says:

    Excellent design look like hide and seek. bring no more messy around.. who design it??

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