We highlighted a new charger that shuts off when your devices are fully powered, but this takes it one step further.
The PumPing Tap will physically eject power cords to ensure your gadgets aren’t siphoning energy unnecessarily, Gizmag reports. It’s a widely known fact that electronics continue using small amounts of energy even off because they’re still plugged in, but remember to unplug each outlet can be a chore.
Sensors in PumPing Tap detect if connected plugs are actively using electricity. If it isn’t, a light changes from blue (meaning the device is on) to red (device is off). If 10 minutes later, the connected gizmo is still in an off-state, a spring-loaded mechanism forces the plug out of the socket. This design won the PumPing Tap a Red Dot Design Concept award.
But while the concept sounds great, I wonder how much energy the PumPing Tap uses. Gizmag voiced some other concerns as well: