Got more than 2 devices that need plugging into the wall and you’ll need a power strip. But how unsightly and perhaps even dangerous if you’ve got kids dashing through the house. Sure, the best cable ties can clean up the mess a bit, but it doesn’t change the fact that plugs are a trip hazard.

The Node 12050 Electric Outlet eliminates the need for a power strip, though it will occupy much more wall space.  However, given it’s minimalist lines it should blend into almost any setting, provided your house wasn’t built in the 17th or 18th century.

Currently the Node is in the conceptual phase, though the designer, Metaphys, does sell actual products.  So keep an eye out, because if it was up to us, these would’ve gone on sale at Home Depot yesterday.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."

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  1. I thi k this is a genius design, for all those worried about babies sticking things in them, don’t buy one, that easy. (Yes, I have three kids, all babies) These plug into regular wall outlets, it’s not built it. It’s an optional add on item, not standard in every home. I think it would be great if they would make these where they could be used in the US. I would buy quite a few

  2. Doubtful this would ever get CE certified, way too unsafe you can slide large metal objects into it like knives and keys. Horrible design.

  3. I got this site from my friend who told me regarding this website and at the moment this time I am visiting this website and reading very informative articles or reviews here.

      1. Yes. One pin is neutral, the other has the A/C wave (and third, missing from this outlet, is ground). Safe to touch the neutral line in most situations.

  4. Would require a completely different sort of outlet cover for houses with babies & toddlers. Interesting, but the ground issue that others have mentioned is important and so is keeping curious little ones out of the crevices.

  5. Will never be UL listed and approved for install in US by current electrical code. Neat idea but it will honestly never hit it. Might be neat as an option in furniture like desks and such with a cord to plug it into a standard grounded outlet…but wait, it would be a glorified power strip. It just plain will not be allowed…you are looking at an international building code that would have to adopt its use, specs, approved testing and most importantly for homeowner’s insurance a UL listed product. If your house burns because of a faulty non-Ul listed product, it is likely that your insurance company will not cover it and drop you.

  6. Ok, there’s no ground, looks like I could plug in 12+ items (and overload the circuit), and if I were plugging in that much stuff to one outlet I’d sure as heck want it grounded and have surge protection. I have horrifying visions of those overloaded outlets at Christmas time. Yeah, not going to buy this one. Neat in theory….too many cons. Needs work.

  7. Is there any way to make this a surge protector? Hooking up TVs, computers, etc. would be convenient…but I wouldn’t be willing to risk it.

    1. As an electrical contractor I seldom come across a power strip where any of the plugs are or need to be grounded such as lamps, audio equipment, phone chargers, flat screen televisions, dvd players, and cable boxes. Things that frequently have grounds are refrigerators, microwaves, desktop computers and computer monitors. (laptop power supplies don’t require them but have them sometimes) So think about it… It depends on where you place it as to how useful it could be. It really looks great though….

      1. Actually, many current flat panel LCD & LED televisions use three pronged cords, as does most computer equipment. Of course, in nearly most of the areas where you actually NEED more than two available outlets, you also SHOULD have a surge protector anyway, so you’re right back to the power strip.

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