VIDEO: 1cm folding plug on its way?

We poor old Brits must have the worst AC plugs in the world. Well, us Brits and also the 30 or so other nations who use the old type G, BS1363 AC power adaptor. Not only are they bulky, nay huge, and ugly it also hurts like hell if you accidental tread on one.

But, we may not have to put up with the old bulky adaptors for much longer if the video below is anything to go by:

It proposes a new design, measuring just an impressive 1cm thick that works by folding the three copper prongs into a nice, neat parallel line.

It’s just a concept at the moment, but surely someone has got to pick up on this and mass manufacture it. It looks brilliant. I’m going to go home tonight and hack of all of my old bulky plugs in anticipation.

(via Engadget)

RXS Bluetooth adaptors let you hook up your MP3 player


RXS has just launched a couple of Bluetooth adaptors for MP3 players that’ll let you stream your tunes over to a Bluetooth-capable car stereo, or pair of speakers or headphones. There’s an iPod version (pictured above) and a rather clunkier version that plugs into any 3.5mm headphone jack that’s available.

The iPod version weighs just 4.5g, sits nicely against against your iPod, and comes in black, white and silver. The 3.5mm version is much bigger, contains a rechargable battery, charged via USB, with 10 hours of listening time battery life, and comes in white and black.

If you own a Bluetooth enabled car stereo or set of headphones, then these are a brilliant way to get stuff hooked up. They’re not the best-looking accessories in the world, and a little pricy at £30, but if you need the connectivity, then they’ll provide it.


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Hundreds of thousands of dodgy AC adaptors flood UK: potential deathtrap


I can almost see Lynn Faulds Wood shaking her head, tutting, and muttering about a potential deathtrap, on hearing the news that hundreds of thousands of cheap Chinese power adaptors are being sold on the British high street.

Some of the worst knock-off adaptors are labelled as working with the Nintendo DS, DS Lite, and Game Boy, no doubt because they’ll attract more sales from those hoping to save a few quid…