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Plugg radio switches on and off with a cork


November 30, 2012

Plugg was created by Norwegian design duo Theo Tveterås and Lars Marcus Vedeler (Photo: Skrekkøgle)

Plugg was created by Norwegian design duo Theo Tveterås and Lars Marcus Vedeler (Photo: Skrekkøgle)

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Radio receivers have changed greatly since the first units became widespread in homes at the beginning of the previous century. However, throughout each iteration, switching a radio on has usually entailed pressing a physical button. Plugg takes a different approach, employing a cork plug as a method of switching on or off.

The prototype Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) radio was designed and constructed with the use of 3D printing, laser cutting, and hacked electronics by Norwegian design duo Theo Tveterås and Lars Marcus Vedeler, who work under the moniker Skrekkøgle.

While the method of choosing a radio station isn't made clear, volume is adjusted via buttons on the side of the device. In order to switch the radio off, the cork plug is simply pushed into the speaker enclosure.

Plugg brings a new level of intuitiveness to an object we're all familiar with, perhaps lending another perspective on our physical interaction with electronics in the process.

There's no word as to whether the pair plan to bring it to market, but for a look at how it works, check out the video below.

Source: Skrekkøgle via Design Boom

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Though there is a certain symbolic logic to putting the cork in to shut off the sound, it would be better to have it work the opposite way; remove the cork to shut it off. That way, if the cork is lost (or found by the cat), you're not stuck with a radio you can't turn off. Anyway, it's a fun idea.

Fred V.
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