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No matter how streamlined Apple’s designers make their products, there seems to be one necessary evil of any electronic device that not even the big brains in Cupertino can solve: cords. Everyone needs them; Nobody loves them. They’re impossible to coil up tidily, making a mess in desk drawers or snaking haphazardly over table edges. And don’t even get me started on ear buds.
But now two designers, Jesse Pliner and Lloyd Gladstone, have created JuiceTank, an iPhone charger and case in one. The unit works like a camera battery charger that plugs straight into the wall, only you don’t have to take anything out of your iPhone to charge it – you just stick the whole thing into an outlet. Sure, there are some limitations, like not being able to use your phone while its charging, but this way you can charge your phone when you’re on the go and you don’t have your cord with you. No more asking waitresses and bartenders if they have an iPhone cord you can borrow.
I just hope it gets Apple thinking about how to do away with all the cords clogging my otherwise impeccably organized desk space. Right now Pliner and Gladstone are raising funds on Kickstarter to produce the JuiceTank. Pitch in and say No More Cords!