The Any Way Socket

It’s clever of us to hide socket boards behind furniture and out-of-sight places, however plugging up lamps or devices is another story altogether! Aligning the plug prongs can be a challenge and Donut resolves this issue. The socket allows you to hook up the plug in a ring-shaped ‘hole’ so that it can be inserted at any angle. As the red dot winning designers say, “there is no need to align the pins with two specific small holes.” Superb!

Designers: Suhyun Yoo, Eunah Kim & Jinwoo Chae

44 Comments

  • The Jackson says:

    Very ingenious idea, I like it very much. Wish I had sockets like this in my house!

  • Dave says:

    Dear Designers friend: Suhyun Yoo, Eunah Kim & Jinwoo Chae- There will always be a limited arc for live and neutral as there is a possibility of bridging the live and neutral directly at 2 positions of semicircles, which will cause short-circuit… otherwise nice try…keep it up… 🙂

  • Quintin says:

    Indeed. I would not recommend twisting the plug when it’s plugged in…

  • 3ff3ction says:

    Nice idea, but what about the ground wire? Can’t use them with this design… (less safe)

  • japjose says:

    cool.. very efficient, nice idea you have sir.

  • Excellent! Congratulations

  • mike says:

    could be the center hole or something 🙂

  • Jimmy C says:

    It’s a nice idea, as are all plug designs on Yanko. But this is another one that won’t work in America.

  • Chris says:

    looks great and it’s a really good idea, so where can i buy it?

  • Chris192 says:

    If, instead of using 2 slightly under-lapping rings, they used 4 slightly over-lapping rings.
    i.e first quarter outside, second inside, third outside, and fourth inside.
    Then put some rather hefty power electronics behind it, they could always maintain a connection and have the power isolated.
    I like the design, even though you couldn’t really do a version for the UK :'(

  • Chris192 says:

    Scrap that, you only need 3 rings.

  • Sarreq Teryx says:

    I like the concept, BUT, it a very easy short circuit if you happen to plug it in at that one angle where the poles switch. and potentially, they could also arc spontaneously at those same points.

  • Dada says:

    FAIL 😛
    But can make compromise 😀

    Circle stay, but instead of trying to have connection in every angle there would be only 1, like in sockets used today. So u spin the connector and lock it in. Then the ground wire comes out of hidding and touches the connector.
    When you unplug it, the ground wire connection hide.

  • Teto says:

    Really good!!Congratulations!!!You have to find a way for the ground wire…and it will be perfect

  • Maryline says:

    Great idea, that could resolve a real problem. I’m just not sure how feasible this specific idea is.

  • xavitron says:

    Very simple and creative! I like it.

  • Actually, really useful idea.
    I like the design!

    Hope we can see this in stores.

  • "J" says:

    The only way they could design a ground plug setup for the united states or other countries using the three prong plugs would probably be the three prong inline plug. the ground is in the center and it’s stationary, and the two on the outside, the center hole would have to have an indent or taper going in towards the socket, so the concept of finding the plug blindly would still be of use.

    Nice invention though. I would make the inside of the outlet more safe by making the do-nut wiring setup half moon’s separated by rubber insulation and wedges of plastic to ensure you’re not going to cross the circuits and short out the outlet while plugging your appliance in, allowing the entry to still be a donut, but the two prongs separate from one another. like a piece of plastic shaped in wedge shielding the two parts of the circuit, so when you insert the plug, if you hit them, it’ll slide the plug into the right place, also keeping the two parts of the circuit away from themselves to stop short circuiting the outlet and causing sparks, or danger to the appliance or person using the outlet. This, for now would only work if it didn’t matter which way you plugged in the item, Either way would function being plugged into the outlet.

    Wouldn’t work in the united states though, “currently” our plugs aren’t universal throughout the world. But eventually they’ll revert to same prong on receptacle size, this outlet could work then.

    On the ground wire argument though;

    How can you type “less safe” when our plugs are mostly 2 prong anyways which don’t even utilize the damned ground prong anyways HAHA. Most of our appliances, televisions, and electronics only have 2 prongs, plugged into a receptacle which has a ground prong, but it’s not going to be used :laughs madly hysterical:

    Wouldn’t you think that’s “less safe” as well. I think your argument about the plug being “less safe” is over ruled as 95% of our appliances and house hold electronics in the United states are 2 prong, and they don’t even utilize the “almighty ground” to begin with. You should think about that next time when you plug something in electronically that doesn’t recharge from a USB (which is 5 volts on average) >.< and evaluate your response next time before you hit enter key!. :shakes my head:

  • electrical engineer says:

    2 prongs must be double insulated if not grounded…
    but using 3 prong devices with conductive surface without ground is very hazardous (so called zero-class socket <-new installations with these not allowed). for 2 prongs there's euro-socket…

    also would those child protection flaps make needed force to prevent unwanted unplugging. also how this would work with euro-socket.

    the live and neutral should be ring shaped and between the plug prongs should be insulation that would prevent shorting if socket spins it its place.

    all in all, how many people have had problems with plugging? only problems that i have encountered are: bent prongs, broken child protection, not enough room in front of socket.

  • EE says:

    Nice but against regulations.

    If you can plug in a grounded plug the ground has to have electrical connection first of all conductors and when unplugging last. This device has no ground connection and it very hard to implement.

    Also rotation of the plug should be somehow prevented after plugging. If it can be rotated you will get sparks and broken devices.

  • J says:

    please do some research before you make an ignorant and impossible concept

  • 456 says:

    What? This doesn’t explain .. like either there’s a position where it doesn’t work, or there’s a position where a pin shorts the two rails together

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