Last week a hotel chain reached out to us about our PS2-USB4 power strip. They really liked using it in their rooms, but wanted to discourage guests from bringing it home as a Plugable souvenir.
This was a particularly interesting design problem for several reasons: The primary task was to design a mounting mechanism to prevent casual theft. Second, the mount had to be robust enough to withstand daily use from many temporary users. Third, I wanted minimal interruption from the mount of the power strip’s visual form. The cherry on top was the need to keep the powerstrip easily accessible for maintenance. These competing needs for security and accessibility made for a fun challenge.
For my initial design, I unscrewed the backplate of the dock and replaced it with a two-piece slab that slotted into a rotating mount base. If that sounds confusing, it’s because it was. While I was eventually able to put the contraption together, the detailed bits were too delicate and rendered the whole thing ineffective. So I went back to the drawing board and opted for a simpler and more elegant solution.