WePlug: Bora Kim, Taishi Kamiya, Arvind Sanjeev, Matt Visco
Every day the average person in the western world consumes about 75 kilowatt-hours a day. It takes about one pound of coal to produce one kilowatt-hour. This means every day the average person indirectly burns about 75 pounds of coal. Every time we turn on a light or leave the fridge door open we are throwing more coal into the furnace. We burn this coal because we don’t think about it. Turning on a light is just a flick of the switch, to charge your laptop — just plug it in. WePlug is a critical design project that ends this comfortable indulgence.
WePlug is designed like an ordinary socket with an added socket on the top. Until you attach your desired top cube the socket doesn’t work. The top cubes come in different forms. One forces you to inflate the cube with a pump to use the socket, another invites you to turn a crank until your desired energy usage time is met, and our third cube visualizes your energy consumption compared to the average persons on any given day. With WePlug we hope people will think twice before they plug in.
Some more experimental projects from the class:
The Internet Phone: Isak Frostå, Sebastian Hunkeler, James Zhou, Jens Obel
Måtte: Esther Bretschneider, Stephanie Lee, Clara Subirats, Can Yanardag
Circula: Kelvyn Marte, Keyur Jain, Vytautas Gudaitis
More projects from this class can be seen here: Physical Computing and Connected Devices.
This is just a short intro to my life at CIID, I will be publishing more posts on the different topics we learn as well as the projects we do through this blog. Furthermore, all the credits to the media content for this blog goes to the IDP class of 2017.