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Surge Protector, Pivot Power Genius Flexible, 2013

This is a Surge Protector. It was invented by Dr. Garthen Leslie, Charlie Dougiello, Jake Zien, Sonia Covarrubias-Garcia, Jacob Bonaire, Spike Mendelsohn and Richard Moreen and designed by Quirky and manufactured by Quirky and General Electric Company. It is dated 2013. Its medium is plastic, electrical components.

Zien got the idea for Pivot Power while trying to fit several power adapters into one surge protector. Zien submitted his idea to Quirky in 2010 as a student at RISD. Pivot Power Genius is an app-enabled version of Zien’s original power strip, which bends to fit various plugs and adapters. This version allows users to control two outlets from a mobile device.
Quirky designs and manufactures real people’s inventions by inviting the public to submit and participate in the development process. At meetings held online and in person at Quirky’s headquarters in New York City, members gather to evaluate ideas. Quirky’s designers, engineers, and marketing experts work closely with the community on nearly all aspects of development to bring approved ideas to life. Each Quirky product is a direct response to an everyday problem.

This object was donated by Quirky. It is credited Courtesy of Quirky.

Its dimensions are

Pivot Power: H x W x D: 38.1 × 6.1 × 3.3 cm (15 in. × 2 3/8 in. × 1 5/16 in.)

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Beautiful Users.

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