Have you ever gone to the library to power through your homework, noticed that your laptop was dying, and then tried to plug it in to charge it, only to find that there’s no convenient place to do so? Often the closest outlet is already occupied, inconveniently placed in relation to the furniture, or most commonly, several feet further away than your charging cable is going to allow. Over the last several years, the Wallace Library at RIT has made efforts to combat this issue, though not many of the solutions they have provided have been totally effective.
One solution that has been introduced is the outlet hub. This is a circle of four outlets which sit in the center of a high table. While this design certainly aids in reducing the strain on the existing outlets in the library, it is not a design without flaws.
When walking into the library this table is the one of the largest and among the most visually striking in the room, immediately drawing your eyes to the coveted outlets in the center. This table, and the outlets that it provides, align with the characteristics of Eudemonia. This is because it provides a sense of fulfillment to the users who know they will always be within reach of a power supply when it is necessary. It also helps us meet a condition for human flourishing; in this case, education. Without it we would likely struggle to complete our work in the library. One may also be able to argue that it provides some of the characteristics of Enargeia. This is because of how the object is fairly unique, at least within the library. This may evoke a sense of wonder.
As I said, the design has its flaws as well. With the outlet hub being so visible, any cords being run to it are going to be in the way of the people working at the table. It also allows some cords to run to the floor and then along the floor to the wall, which may be problematic. This could be solved by putting the outlets underneath the table, but then you are sacrificing the visibility of the device, and therefore much of its functionality as well.