If you design machinery, you probably have to contend with tangles of industrial cables and hoses, carrying power, control signals, water and air. So you may have little sympathy for consumers who have to manage a few cords for their computer equipment and related gadgets. But look under almost any computer desk nowadays, and you'll likely see just how tough they have it. Power bricks jockey for position in crowded power strips. USB cables from all the peripherals form cable dreadlocks that fall behind the desk. In short, it's a mess. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month, three clever solutions to cord clutter emerged. Two take a mechanical approach and one truly cuts the cords. To read about the products, click below:
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