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Dog-Walking Tehnology Surpassing Home Technology?

It appears to me that dog-walking technology has surpassed home technology. I say this as I look around my kitchen and see electrical cords bunched up in rubber bands. I am someone who can devour home décor magazines and I love HGTV (my one and only television vice). I never see electrical cords bunched up with rubber bands in these pristinely designed settings. Now, I’ll be the first to say that I have some electronics in my kitchen that others don’t. In addition to the typical kitchen electronics of a coffee maker, toaster oven, and “cordless” phone, I have 2 baby monitors, a laptop computer, and a Bose docking station for the iPod. The docking station is the worst (exposed cord) offender given what I can only assume is the necessary thickness of an electrical cord for a grounded device. I just wish that, like retractable dog leashes, somehow, these items could also have retractable, or at least somehow hidden spaces to hide the excess of cord. Then, and only then, will my kitchen be “House Beautiful” worthy – assuming you overlook the fingerprints on the walls and the toys under the table.

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Comment by Ben on May 31, 2008 at 2:36pm
Being a student I feel obligated to own all the latest gadgets. Consequently my room will now lose power every now and then because every outlet has a power strip plugged into another power strip just to accommodate all of the assorted chargers. I heard a rumor about a possible upcoming breakthrough in technology with the cordless charger. It is supposed to charge any electronic device, without any cords! All you have to do is rest your cell phone, ipod, camera, etc... on this device and the battery will charge. I also heard that there could possibly be a device that charges your electronic gadget just by keeping it in the vicinity of this universal charger. This rumor may not be true but I would really like to know more about this conspiracy because i could definitly use this device. Has anyone else heard about this or am I just hearing things?
Comment by Brian on February 6, 2008 at 8:59pm
We can only hope for retractable cords. I think, although it is a great idea, this concept is a bit unlikely.
As consumers we like things as small as possible and adding extra space in the device, whether a toaster or cellphone charger, would impact how small it would be.
For example, a cellphone charger comes with about 3' or cord, yet I only use about 1'. Yet, inorder to hide that 2 extra feet of cord, they would have to make the charger 3times the original size. Thus causing it to look bulky and greatly reduce its visual appeal.

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