Industrial design magazine Core77 recently held its Greener Gadgets Design Competition, asking designers from all over to submit their designs for green products. And, as anyone who has followed Xhibiting knows, we love green products.

While the Top 50 entries are all to be admired for their style and their ability to make a positive impact in the world, one in particular caught my eye in terms of sheer ingenuity – meet the PowerHog:


This adorable concept, which took second in Core77’s contest, was developed by six designers (Mathieu Zastawny, Mansour Ourasanah, Tom Dooley, Peter Byar, Elysa Soffer, Mathieu Turpault) and is very simple – teach kids about the cost implications of energy use by requiring them to put money into a piggy bank for their energy consumption. Not to mention, it gives parents some level of control over how much their kids use their electronics.

Very cool – I hope they’re successful in marketing it!



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