The Plug

Contributed by Michael

An iPod, laptop, phone even a microwave, items which would surely be anomalies in our lives without the plug. I was born with the luxury of being brought up in an electronic world, switches and wires allowed instant access to items in the home that 80 years ago weren't available. Has the plug helped make everyday life better? On the positive side it changed the world of product design; new unheard of products were designed to make life easier. On the other hand this luxury could be a major problem as we battle to keep our planet healthy.
Since its invention back in 1904 by Harvey Hubbell the plug has not really undergone a change in form, its purpose was for lighting in the home. The 3 prong plug, invented by Phillip Labre in 1926, brought about new uses; appliances once available only in public areas became available to buy for the home. Ultimately the plug is heavily relied on in everyday life, but is its importance taken for granted?

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