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AC Adapter Rangers

AC Adapter Rangers (Images courtesy iida)
By Andrew Liszewski

To some people, a tangled cord or a desk full of messy cables can be an emergency worthy of calling in the fire brigade. But you can save yourself the hefty fines from calling 911 for your so-called ’emergency’ and get a set of these AC Adapter Rangers instead. They’ll work diligently to ensure the charging cable for your phone is always in reach, and once they’re set to the task you can rest assured knowing your cords will remain tangle free. A set of two AC Adapter Rangers are available from iida for about $22 (1,880 YEN) and it looks like they even come with a colorful children’s book highlighting their past heroics.

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[CES 2009] Cocoon Bags Feature ‘The Grid’ Elastic Organization System

Cocoon Bag (Image property of OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

Cocoon Innovations was one of the hundreds of companies to email me a pre-CES press release about their new products being unveiled at the show this year. And while the images they sent of the company’s line of cases, briefcases and laptop bags showed off their unique designs on the outside, it really wasn’t enough to pique my curiosity. Thankfully though, I happened to stumble across the Cocoon Innovations booth on the last day of the show, and it turns out it’s what’s on the inside of their cases that truly makes them unique.

Instead of a bunch of random (and restrictive) pockets designed to only fit specific items like pens, cellphones or PDAs, the Cocoon bags feature the company’s ‘Grid’ system which is a proprietary web of elastic fabric designed to securely hold any object in almost any configuration. Basically, it’s the most flexible compact storage system I’ve ever seen.

Cocoon Bag (Image property of OhGizmo!)

And the elastic grid isn’t randomly thrown together either. It’s actually strategically designed to accommodate objects of all shapes and sizes while always maintaining sufficient tension so your electronics, cables and other gear doesn’t come loose while in transport. As someone who’s a bit (cough!) obsessed with being organized, I think it’s a brilliant idea, and I can’t wait to get my hands on one. And while they didn’t have any specific pricing info, the company is actually planning to target the Caselogic demographic (for lack of a better description) by keeping their cases extremely affordable.

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Groqit Remembers Your Purchases Even If You Don’t

Groqit (Image courtesy Groqit, LLC.) By Andrew Liszewski

If you’ve ever accidentally bought the same album, book or DVD twice because you forget you already had a copy at home, then to be honest, you have too many albums, books or DVDs. (Seriously, you don’t need to serve as a redundant backup for the Library of Congress.) But if you just can’t help yourself, and don’t want to carry long lists of what you already own, the Groqit will serve as your own personal librarian. It’s basically a pen-sized scanner that reads, stores and organizes barcodes from most consumer products. So the next time you’re at the store and aren’t sure if you already own a particular item, you can just scan the barcode and the Groqit will let you know if it’s already in your collection.

While it only has 128MB of storage on-board, that’s enough to keep track of more than a million barcodes, so there’s a good chance you’re not going to fill it up in your lifetime. One feature I particularly like is the company’s online service that will not only translate the barcode data into actual product info, but also allows you to share your lists with others. So the next time you’re trying to pick out a DVD for a friend’s birthday, you can avoid the embarrassment of choosing a title they already own. The Groqit pen is available on their site for $95, while the online service is $4.95 a month.

[ Groqit ] VIA [ Crave ]

Compact Retractable Extension Cord

Retractable Extension Cord (Images courtesy Full Of Life)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you’re an obsessive-compulsive type when it comes to organizing cables (guilty) then this retractable extension cord should bring some peace of mind. (I’m not the only one who loses sleep over messy cables right?) With only 5 feet of cord it’s pretty limited as to where you can use it, but the cable winds back into the base so you can keep things looking neat and tidy. It also features 2 ungrounded outlets on the base, which is unfortunately another limit when it comes to how and where you can use it. But with a price tag of $12.98 from FullOfLife.com, I guess you get what you pay for.

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Wall Cleats – Another Tool For The War On Cables

Wall Cleats (Image courtesy Oboiler.com)
By Andrew Liszewski

While these Wall Cleats are by no means the perfect solution to organizing a large mess of cables, they do provide a very simple way to avoid the occasional cable loop sitting on your floor. Installing the Cleats is as easy as replacing the faceplate on your wall outlet, but I’d probably be worried about looping too much cable onto it since it’s only attached to the wall with a single screw.

The prototype was created by designer Karl Zahn, and while a couple of his creations are actually available for sale, unfortunately this one isn’t.

[ Wall Cleats ] VIA [ Cribcandy ]

Battery Caddy – Finally! No More Loose Batteries

Battery Caddy (Images courtesy Tools Aviation)
By Andrew Liszewski

I’m all for organization, almost to an obsessive degree, but I don’t know if I’m really sold on the Battery Caddy. It was originally designed for pilots to carry batteries in their flight bag without them ending up all over the place, but is now available to anyone with similar organizational problems.

The caddies have special flexible teeth that ensures a battery won’t fall out no matter how much the caddy is banged around, and even has protection for the terminals on each end. But you know what I’ve found that also works great for storing batteries? Their original packaging. Brands like Duracell and Energizer already come in resealable plastic containers, and a pair of scissors is all you need to remove the cardboard top section making them even more compact. Keeping them in the original packaging also removes any doubt in my mind that they might have been used, but to each their own.

The Battery Caddy comes in a variety of sizes and configurations for carrying large or small amounts of the same size battery, or an assortment of different sizes. They also come in your choice of 7 different colors including a glow in the dark green, and range in price from as low as $4.95 up to $13.95.

[ Battery Caddy ] VIA [ The Gadgeteer ]

Never Lose The Remote Again With The Zero Gravity

Zero Gravity (Images courtesy LeDindon.com) By Andrew Liszewski

First off I don’t think the creators of the Zero Gravity really have a grasp on what the term ‘zero gravity’ means. In fact their product seems to completely rely on the presence of gravity, otherwise it would be a pain to use.

The basic idea is to tether items that are easily lost, like your TV remote, to a coiled cable hanging from the ceiling. When you need to use the remote you just reach up and pull it down. When you’re done, you just let it go and it retracts back up, ensuring it’s always in the same place you left it. When uncoiled the cable stretches as far as 5 meters, but depending on how much elasticity it has you might want to be careful when letting go of that remote.

The Zero Gravity is available from LeDindon for about $25.

[ Zero Gravity ] VIA [ Nerd Approved ]

Knicks Cable Holder For Wrangling Loose Cords

Knicks Cable Holder (Image courtesy Charles & Marie) By Andrew Liszewski

USB is great and wireless USB will be even better but until that time we still have to deal with those pesky cables. And if you’re like me you have a USB cable on your desk that’s only used for syncing gadgets and has the tendency to fall off the edge when not in use. This drives me crazy so in my opinion the Knicks Cable Holder is the greatest invention ever created by man! (Take that ‘the wheel’.)

It’s basically a small clip made from metal and plastic that easily attaches to the edge of your desk and hangs off by about a half inch. On the end is a small opening that will accommodate any cable including USB. The idea is that you run any loose cables that aren’t used all the time through a Cable Holder and when they’re not needed they’ll still fall off the desk but get caught in the holder instead of hitting the floor. So the next time you need to use the cable it’s conveniently hanging just off the edge. Simple, easy and incredibly useful.

The Knicks Cable Holder is currently available from Charles & Marie in two sizes for just $11.

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Icon Organizer For The Visually Impaired

LevelStar Icon with Docking Station (Images courtesy LevelStar) By Andrew Liszewski

Though this device might look like nothing more than a small memo recorder don’t be fooled by its appearance. It’s actually a fully featured PDA and media player designed for persons with impaired vision. The Icon from LevelStar includes a 30GB hard drive and a list of functions that rivals pretty much any PDA on the market.

It has a calendar, an address book that syncs to MS Outlook, a word processor that’s compatible with MS Word, a web browser with built-in wifi, email, journal, clock, stopwatch, calculator and a media player that’s compatible with MP3s, audiobooks and even podcasts. You can also get an optional qwerty or braille keyboard docking station that makes text entry even more efficient.

The Icon unit itself is available on the LevelStar website for $1,395 though I can’t find prices listed for the docking station keyboards.

[ LevelStar Icon with Docking Station ] VIA [ Popgadget ]