The proliferation of electrical devices means that plug sockets are in increasing demand. Socket splitters and power strips can be used to solve this problem, but can be bulky and unsightly. An innovative socket design called theOUTlet, however, provides more socket space at the push of a button.

TheOUTlet employs a similar pop-out functionality as the Pop-Out Outlet. Whereas that model was conceived to hide socket holes when not in use, however, theOUTlet is aimed at providing more places to plug appliances into.

Designed by US startup Secret Sockets, theOUTlet looks and functions like a typical double plug socket. When pressed, though, a button on the fitting allows the central unit into which the sockets are set to "pop out" from the rest of the fitting, and provide two additional sockets. The additional sockets can be hidden away discreetly until required.

Secret socket says theOUTlet fits standard electrical boxes and can be installed in a matter of minutes. It has a low-profile design with a similar look and feel to conventional socket fittings. The fittings are also tamper-resistant, childproof and can be installed in any orientation.

There is a basic 15 A version available for US homes, with 20 A and GFCI versions being developed for use in garages and outside the home. Versions with USB sockets are also planned.

A Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign is underway for theOUTlet. At the time of writing, individuals who pledge from US$28 can receive one of the fittings, assuming all goes to plan with the campaign and roll-out. Shipping is expected from October.

The video below is the Kickstarter pitch for theOUTlet.

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