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Design student creates leech-inspired electronics charger

on Tuesday,February 23,2010 23:02

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A student at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) has developed an electronics charger that could prevent unnecessary power usage.

Conor Klein, who is working toward a degree in furniture design, gained inspiration from a leech to create the Outlet Regulator - an adapter that automatically disconnects from a power source after it has fully charged an electronic device, CNET reports.

While most similar adapters enter a trickle charge mode after a device has been fully juiced, the Outlet Regulator prevents unnecessary overcharging by immediately disconnecting power. The device uses a timer circuit and electromechanics to automatically eject its plug from an outlet when a connection is no longer necessary.

This system could prevent electronics owners from wasting money on their power bills when they leave their devices plugged in for long periods of time.

According to his website, Klein - who is slated to receive his bachelors of fine arts from RISD this year - has a "commitment to thoughtful, sustainable design." His furniture designs are primarily wood-based and often include beech and walnut.

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