Power-Hog Mathieu Zastawny, Mansour Ourasanah, Tom Dooley, Peter Byar, Elysa Soffer, Mathieu Turpault (United States)  58 Comments
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1.Feb 20th, 2009Rajaul

sik produkt

2.Feb 20th, 2009diane stevenson tadeo

great idea !

3.Feb 19th, 2009Richard Gossow

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.

4.Feb 19th, 2009vero

Very nice design. Hope it'll come to the market soon

5.Feb 19th, 2009Pascal Bruxelles

Brilliant. It looks funny and helpfull. No stress. Kids could learn the value of electricity and nature. One is enough.

6.Feb 19th, 2009Barry

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!

7.Feb 18th, 2009Lori

Cool Idea!

8.Feb 18th, 2009Jesper Riber

Such a cool product, brilliant!!!

9.Feb 17th, 2009Schmitty

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!

10.Feb 17th, 2009Steve Lee

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?

11.Feb 17th, 2009Brian

Love it. What a great way to teach EVERYONE how much time we spend sucking power out of our sockets whenever we use electronics.

12.Feb 16th, 2009j mcleod

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.

13.Feb 15th, 2009David

It is more applicable for grown up or office gadget. It conveys the message of energy saving in a fun way!

14.Feb 15th, 2009Greg

This is HUGE. great idea. love the design. everything about it is well thought out.

15.Feb 14th, 2009Cha

Great, matiouuu kiss !

16.Feb 13th, 2009ken

what a great idea..educational and fun

17.Feb 12th, 2009Wai Yip Tung

Where can I buy one!!!

18.Feb 12th, 2009Ellen

Great idea to teach kids about energy consumption.

19.Feb 11th, 2009roger caruana

great idea! someone has to start making people think. looks like its you! good luck. p.s im a friend of sara

20.Feb 11th, 2009OtterKim

Love it - good luck!

21.Feb 11th, 2009Admiral Boom

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.

22.Feb 10th, 2009Jill

This is a great idea made even better by cute product design, clear and communicative graphics, and a cute logo. Well done guys!

23.Feb 10th, 2009Seth

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.

24.Feb 10th, 2009AIGA Editor

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.

25.Feb 10th, 2009lydia yang

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

26.Feb 9th, 2009Douglas Bonitao

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.

27.Feb 9th, 2009Amy

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.

28.Feb 9th, 2009Martin

Great thing!!!

29.Feb 8th, 2009David F. Scandone

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.

30.Feb 7th, 2009maha chabbi

i'll buy it for the new generations!

31.Feb 6th, 2009K Hess

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

32.Feb 6th, 2009Jim

This is so pardon the phrase but this is SOOOO "Money!!" .

33.Feb 5th, 2009Leanne

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

34.Feb 5th, 2009John Q.

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

35.Feb 5th, 2009scott gibson

In the end it is just another gadget using more power. Educate with books and school. This solution represents the irony of this competition.

36.Feb 5th, 2009TRACY V. ALSTON


37.Feb 5th, 2009Martin Soffer

Great concept/design ... educational, promoting a life style which would include thinking about energy into the future.

38.Feb 4th, 2009Mike Krum

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 !

39.Feb 4th, 2009Miki Imazeki

It's very nice idea!! I like it!! Very cute! I'll introduce this cute item to my friends in Japan. Good luck! Ganbatte!!!

40.Feb 4th, 2009b jacobs

Interesting idea. So cute! Good luck!

41.Feb 4th, 2009Ruthee Commaker

Great idea----it will be a big seller... Ruthee Commaker

42.Feb 4th, 2009Tom Budd

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.

43.Feb 4th, 2009Shelley Heitzner

Interesting idea. I like it. Good luck

44.Feb 4th, 2009Abby

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!

45.Feb 4th, 2009Richard Ludwig

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.

46.Feb 4th, 2009Martin Topper

I like it. but my kids would unplug it immediately and plug their game /stereocomputer directly into the wall.

47.Feb 4th, 2009Shig

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/.

48.Feb 4th, 2009BERNARD Jean Claude

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 !

49.Feb 4th, 2009Joe Gettinger

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.

50.Feb 3rd, 2009Justin Luczejko

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

51.Feb 3rd, 2009Jon

Great concept Bresslergroup! Nice idea to help kids learn.

52.Feb 3rd, 2009Shelley Rosen

Great idea! Can we get kids to read instead of feeding the pig?

53.Feb 3rd, 2009Telegram

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!!

54.Feb 3rd, 2009Catherine Renon

I would buy it today and plug it to the WII!

55.Feb 3rd, 2009Thierry Mexmain

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

56.Feb 3rd, 2009Thomas Rodde

Fantastic idea, and what a great design!

57.Feb 3rd, 2009Frederic Gerard

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

58.Feb 2nd, 2009Chris Phoenix

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.

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