The Amazing Folding UK Plug
We found this amazing plug when looking on line this week. The history behind it is from The Royal College of Art’s graduate show, and the show-stopper was this plug. Min-Kyu Choi impressed every passer by with his neat, apparently market-ready plug that folds down to the width of an Apple MacBook Air. “The MacBook Air is the world’s thinnest laptop ever. However, here in the UK, we still use the world’s biggest three-pin plug,” says Choi.
As with many things it started with a problem; the size of the UK plug versus the products that they serve. Min-Kyu Choi had a direct encounter with this having discovered a scratch on his laptop being caused by the UK plug in his bag. The UK plug, having been designed in 1947 when portability was not a consideration, had long since become outdated.
Min-Kyu set about solving the problem. Min-Kyu Choi and Matthew Judkins came together in 2009 to make Min-Kyu’s solution a reality. Having subsequently won a number of awards and having seen a concept video receive over 500,000 hits, their first product was launched in 2012 under the crowd sourced name ‘Mu’.
For more information take a look at http://www.madeinmind.co.uk/
BS7671 Amendment 3
BS7671 – The Third amendment to BS 7671:2008, The IET Wiring Regulations, became effective on this date. Following this, contractors have a six month transition period to get up to speed with the changes and can design, install and certify to either the new or previous standard.
If you want to find out more information about BS7671 Amendment 3 then take a look at the following factsheet we found online, it gives you all the details :-
And here is the official page on NICEIC website in regards to amendment 3 :-
A new electrical training centre has opened in East Anglia with the backing of a £100,000 charitable effort. Building services charity JTL will run its own training centre on Bowthorpe Industrial Estate after the official opening with the Lord Mayor of Norwich, councillor Judith Lubbock, on Friday March 27.
The JTL was founded in 1990 as a collaboration between the Electrical Contractors Association and the union Unite, before becoming a charity in 2000 offering advanced apprenticeships and National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) assessments in the building services sector.
About 80pc of young people with JTL go on to complete their traineeships, compared to a national average of 60pc, said the charity.
Recruitment levels at JTL have, however, also been higher than the national average, which the charity attributes to a growing interest in apprenticeship careers as university loan debts exceed £30,000 and students are becoming keener to “earn while they learn”.
It has been reported that A Trojan is targeting firms in the energy industry, infiltrating systems in a bid to gather information about a company’s operations. The malware, discovered by researchers working at Symantec, found that most of the attacks involved victims in the petroleum, gas and helium industries, especially those based in the United Arab Emirates, which accounted for one in four attacks.
The group behind the attack does not seem to be particularly advanced, as they exploited an old vulnerability and used their attack to distribute well-known threats that are available in the underground market. However, many people still fail to apply patches for vulnerabilities that are several years old, leaving themselves open to attacks of this kind.
The full details are found in the following Symantec blog – http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/new-reconnaissance-threat-trojanlaziok-targets-energy-sector
A new light bulb that’s made using graphene will go on sale later this year, according to its developers—and it’s said to be the first commercially viable consumer product to use the supermaterial.
The new bulb—developed by researchers at Manchester University where the material was discovered—uses a filament-shaped LED which is coated in graphene. The bulb, which is dimmable, is said to provide a brighter light than conventional LEDs, use up to 10 percent less energy and last longer, too. The Financial Times reports that the bulb could cost less than $20 when it goes on sale.
The bulb has been developed by a company called Graphene Lighting—of which Prof Colin Bailey, deputy vice-chancellor at the University of Manchester, is a director. “People are amazed at just how quickly we have managed to take it to market,” Bailey told the Financial Times. “Sometimes it takes 20 years to get a new discovery out there.”
It’s still difficult to make graphene in large qualities, which make items that use it in bulk incredibly expensive. This new lightbulb uses a small quanitiy, making it economcial to produce.
What are your thoughts on this ?