Very nice! You might even include a power meter (similar to the Kill-A-Watt) so that you could pay for the power you use, rather than just by the minute.
I love the idea! It makes a lot of sense, as shown. It also would make sense if it could give kids an idea as to which device(s) is(are) the worst power hog(s). For that reason, I like Chris Phoenix's idea a lot. Another alternative to a power meter might be for the power hog to light up brighter, (or in different colors), in proporion to the draw for a particular appliance. There might a simple device that could be built in series inside the hog, along the power cord, that accomplishes t
Fantastic idea, and what a great design!
Great idea. The design is original, well thought and the educative purpose is something we need to see more and more when new products are designed. Kids (and adults) need to be more sensitive to the environment. I agree with Frederic and Chris’s comments for the future development of the product: associating the cost with the amount of energy you use would be very instructive. Have we thought about providing such a tool to employees who keep their monitor on all night long when leaving their
I would buy it today and plug it to the WII!
I think this is very clever. Make kids responsible for their own energy usage, and regulate how much time they can use electronic devices in their room. Paying to play video games or surf the net may just encourage kids to go outside and play!!
Great idea! Can we get kids to read instead of feeding the pig?
Great concept Bresslergroup! Nice idea to help kids learn.
First off - inventive idea! Very interesting. However, being an avid video gamer myself, this is my concern for you all...In games like Fallout 3 or Gears of War 2 or Dead Space...you'll need to put in a good 2-4 hours for one mission and let's just say that I was ten minutes away from wrapping up a mission, and the piggy bank turned off, (with no money left in my wallet) as an 8-year old (or 30-year old) kid...I may partake in frequent tantrems (throwing controllers, that sorta thing) which mig
Anyone else think kids might just skip the hog, unplug the device and put it directly into the wall? There should be something to prevent that.
This is a great idea for educative, information and energy consumption purposes. Every consumer, not only children, should be aware of the energy cost generated by each device around him. Electronic components able to provide this function at low cost are available. I think that if the billions of consumers on earth would decide to improve their energy consumption with the help of this good idea, the consequences would be enormous !
Nice idea, but honestly! Only really really really tight parents would buy these... and even as a child I'd have taken the bottom and used the same coins a lot/.
I like it. but my kids would unplug it immediately and plug their game /stereocomputer directly into the wall.
This is a great idea and an excellent design. It is useful on many levels, from training children in the use of energy and saving money to helping adults become more aware of energy consumption.
Forget just for the kids. I'll buy it to see which lamp, small appliance, etc. is eating up the amps quickest and replace it with a more efficient one! And it's so darn cute!
Interesting idea. I like it. Good luck
I think that the "Power Hog" is a great concept. I know that our family could use one of those right now! Good luck in the competition.
Great idea----it will be a big seller... Ruthee Commaker
Interesting idea. So cute! Good luck!
It's very nice idea!! I like it!! Very cute! I'll introduce this cute item to my friends in Japan. Good luck! Ganbatte!!!
This is a very smart way to teach children ... and adults about the real cost, money and environment wise, of their everyday domestic activities involving energy consumption. And it is sort of cute !
Great concept/design ... educational, promoting a life style which would include thinking about energy into the future.
A DYNAMIC CONCEPT. THIS SHOULD BE A VERY MARKETABLE DESIGN.
In the end it is just another gadget using more power. Educate with books and school. This solution represents the irony of this competition.
I see two fundamental problems with this item. 1) Access to the money is on the bottom of the pig, via simple twist-lock mechanism. Given kids these days, once they know where they can access their "savings", how can you stop them from merely reusing the same coin to fund the power. 2) If a child really wanted to watch/do something, I believe they would rather plug directly in to the wall outlet. I can see the purpose of this, and I think it is good for kids no older than 7 really. I
It's an idea, albeit a frustrating one. I can see getting bugged continually for coins (it is enough of a hassle at the laundromat). And things shutting off just when you don't want them to. I was in a house at Land's End in England once and the whole house's power worked like this, on a coin operated meter. We ran out of coins at 10pm and the tv, lights, heat all turned off at once. I learned what a pain it is to need a whole piggy bank of coins on hand to watch a tv movie. Not to mention our t
This is so pardon the phrase but this is SOOOO "Money!!" .
Another important consideration here, especially when hooking up to the latest video game consoles and the like... They're much more like computers these days (more the PS3 and Xbox 360 than the Wii), and so turning them off without properly "shutting down" could have an adverse effect on appliances connected to the hog. In addition to a lights, putting in a sound mechanism would also be a bright idea. With something as distracting as video games or TV, audible clues in addition to
i'll buy it for the new generations!
This is a super idea. We should all begin to control our energy consumption and teach our children that the outlets in the wall are not free. Could be a way to help control time spent with a game controller or in front of a screen. Here are a couple of Quarters. When the time is up you can go read a book or even go outside. Must have a heavy duty lock and be strong enough to withstand quite a few blows with a hammer.
Hey that's pretty awesome! It doesn't require a huge life change of the family but definitely helps them become aware so they can instantly know how much energy they are using. Its like putting yourself on a financial budget and choosing only to use cash instead of credit cards. You know at all times how much money you have left and its easier to not over spend.
Achei bacana esse treco. Não tem nada de revolucionario e eu não vou votar nele. Temos de apoiar projetos que levem a economia de energia de verdade. Mas é algo interessante.
i think that this is a really REALLY good idea for parents to use on their kids. so many kids are in the house just surfing on the web and playing video games all day. my own siblings just play video games all the time, and i think it'd be pretty sweet to use. only problem i see is the kid unplugging the piggy bank and plugging in their own divice to keep this product in use. also the time limit, i think it should be up to an hour 30 minutes seems short for children that need to do homework a
THE KID WILL SKIP THE PIG (DISCARD IT) AND PLUG IN HIS DEVICE DIRECTLY INTO THE WALL. Its plastic: it looks cheap and its nonbiodegradable (defeating its whole purpose entirely of teaching the kid a better living). I imagine seeing this in a pile of garbage in New Jersey with dried sticky soda drips on it, with the other half of the plastic pig at the bottom of the ocean.
It seems like it could be very easy to create a simple barb type lock that would grab the terminals once they were inserted into the nose and wouldn’t let go without at key. That way the Pig stays connected to the Xbox and can’t be bypassed.
This is a great idea made even better by cute product design, clear and communicative graphics, and a cute logo. Well done guys!
Ridiculous. Power costs about 20 cents a kWh. The worst of the game consoles uses about 0.2 kW so to run it for about _six_ hours costs less than a quarter.
Love it - good luck!
great idea! someone has to start making people think. looks like its you! good luck. p.s im a friend of sara
Great idea to teach kids about energy consumption.
Where can I buy one!!!
what a great idea..educational and fun
Great, matiouuu kiss !
This is HUGE. great idea. love the design. everything about it is well thought out.
It is more applicable for grown up or office gadget. It conveys the message of energy saving in a fun way!
i had a bank as a child that used batteries; when i inserted a coin a lamp lit and bells rang. it was essentially a toy that used power, much like this. i'm not convinced young consumers will learn a lesson if they or their parents simply plug into this bank a novelty device that would otherwise remain unused.
Love it. What a great way to teach EVERYONE how much time we spend sucking power out of our sockets whenever we use electronics.
Novel and noble idea, but not practical. There are multiple rooms and devices in an average house. Do we expect people to unplug and plug different devices for each use? Should we purchase multiple units and bring in more plastic, albeit recyclible, into the house?
Tremendous. The simple idea that power isn't free is communicated very effectively. As i see it, this is less about "how much" it costs and more about the very fact "that" it costs. Congrats!
Such a cool product, brilliant!!!
Brilliant idea and I love the design. When and where can I buy one? Teaching kids the impact they have on family finances at a young age and making them aware of the consequences is very important, particularly in this economic environment. Awesome design - my kids would love it... Congrats!
Brilliant. It looks funny and helpfull. No stress. Kids could learn the value of electricity and nature. One is enough.
Very nice design. Hope it'll come to the market soon
Cool idea, but as someone else mentioned previously, the kids of today will very quickly realise how to unplug this thing or unscrew to get coins for more power-time. From an idea perspective and look, I give you 10 out of 10.
great idea !
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