Here’s how the PumPing Tap works: If, for example, you’ve just used the microwave oven but failed to unplug it when you’re done, a lighted ring on the socket turns from blue to red. After 10 minutes if you still haven’t used the microwave or unplugged it, the grand finale occurs: a spring mechanism ejects the plug right out of the socket. Pop!
As pointed out by the folks at DVICE, you’d have to be quite selective as to what exactly you ultimately decided to plug into a PumPing Tap. I’d definitely say no to things like refrigerators, wireless routers, or anything you have to reset every time that they’re unplugged. The same goes for appliances and fixtures plugged into sockets hidden behind furniture or other hard-to-access areas. But for certain things — think small kitchen appliances like coffee makers along with items like phone chargers, televisions, hairdryers and anything with a transformer — I see some potential. But what about that OLED ring, the senors and the eject function? Wouldn’t the PumPing Tap itself draw just as much electricity as the not-being-used appliances that are plugged into it?
What do you think? I’m going to say potentially irritating and somewhat unnecessary but kind of nifty nevertheless. I think I'll stick to my smart surge protectors for now.
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