電源プラグにもまだ改良の余地がある、と示してみせるのが twelvesouth の PlugBug です。赤い本体を MacBook の AC アダプタに組み合わせることで、一緒に持ち歩いているはずの iPhone / iPod / iPad 向け充電用 USB 端子を提供します。合体することで、持ち運び時に MacBook 用と i端末用、ふたつの充電キットを用意しなくても済むというのがアピールポイント。MacBook 自身の USB 端子を使えばいいんじゃないの？ という疑問に対しては、AC 電源直結により充電を早く済ませることができること、出先で高い MacBook をわざわざ持ち出さなくても済むことを挙げています。ちなみに合体せずとも単体で USB / AC 変換アダプタとして利用可能。まったく触れられていませんが、まあ Android 端末などもふつうに充電できるはずです。お値段は34.99ドル。続きにはガイ・カワサキ出演の広告動画を掲載しています。
Meet PlugBug, the iPad/iPhone travel charger that snaps onto your MacBook Power Adapter
Charleston, SC, November 1, 2011 - Twelve South is pleased to unveil PlugBug, an iPad/iPhone wall charger that piggybacks onto a MacBook Power Adapter, allowing you to charge a MacBook and an iPad/iPhone simultaneously from one power outlet. Made to fit all MacBook Power Adapters, PlugBug is available now at twelvesouth.com for $34.99.
The ingenious PlugBug connects to all MacBook Power Adapters. Simply snap PlugBug onto a MacBook Power Adapter, in place of the adapter's AC plug, and you now have one handy device that charges MacBook and iPad or iPhone at the same time, using only one wall outlet. This can be a real lifesaver when you need to charge both before a meeting or – even more stressful – between connecting flights with only one outlet available.
Along with a beautiful design, PlugBug packs 10 powerful watts, charging iPad as fast as technically possible. In fact, many public USB charging stations, like those found in airports, lack the power to charge an iPad. Not only will PlugBug provide the proper charge, it will charge your iPad up to twice as fast as many competing chargers.
Now you can carry just one compact PlugBug to charge your iPad or iPhone and leave the other chargers at home, reducing the clutter in your computer bag. Forget about worrying whether or not you remembered your iPad charger – with PlugBug it's always connected to your MacBook charger. For those times when you only need an iPad charger, you can disconnect PlugBug from your MacBook Power Adapter and still use it as a stand alone device.
Andrew Green, Creative Director at Twelve South, said, "PlugBug is a dream product for us. It improves on MacBook's own Power Adapter, adds a completely new idea to iPad/iPhone chargers, and it simplifies the lives of die-hard Apple fans – like me – who carry multiple Apple devices wherever they go."
So why is PlugBug red? Noted author and original Mac Evangelist Guy Kawasaki gets credit for the color. When shown an early prototype, Kawasaki insisted PlugBug should carry a show-stopping hue viewable from across the room – or airport. The "Kawasaki Red" PlugBug was born.
Those outside the U.S. and Canada can use PlugBug as the perfect U.S. adapter and iPad/iPhone charger. Not only does PlugBug convert any non-U.S. MacBook Power Adapter into a North American-compatible adapter, it also serves as a bonus USB charger for iPad and iPhone.