A View from John Maeda

Edited iPlug

An Apple power brick is edited by its owner in DIY fashion to correct its inherent design flaw.

  • September 26, 2007

Over the summer I vacationed in a house rental on Cape Cod with my family. I noticed this Apple iPod power brick left by a previous vacationer and marveled at the effectiveness of the DIY edit to correct the converter’s fatal design flaw. The brick was designed so that the metal prongs could be easily popped out and replaced with the types of prongs used in other countries. The problem is, the prongs pop out too easily. If you really don’t go anywhere else in the world, the tragedy of having the pluggy part slip off accidentally or remain stuck on the wall can be iDisastrous to your music-listening capability. Tape is certainly the champion material for any quick fix and probably deserves more variations than are available on the market today. In the same way that there is that wonderfully advanced rope from Squid Labs, it would be nice to have a similar advancement in the form of tape. I’m sure that many TR readers out there know of quite a few. Tape, anyone?

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