Recoil Winders... tackling cord and cable clutter

Stan Megraw
11 February 2012

Back in the 1890s, a 20-year old by the name of Gugliemo Marconi came up with a brilliant idea to improve telegraph communications… ditch the wires and transmit using radio waves. Thus was born the age of wireless technology.

Today, there are an endless number of wireless gadgets to amuse (and bemuse) us, from Apple iPods to Zenith remotes. Despite all the advances in wireless technology, however, we still have to deal with the frustration of tangled cords and cables. David Aldan, a Utah-based entrepreneur, has set out to change that. He’s the creator of Recoil Winders.

Recoil Winders are light-weight, compact, spring-loaded devices for storing and organizing a variety of cables, such as those used with headphones, chargers, and USB devices. To operate it, the cable is first folded in half and then hooked onto the Recoil Winder. A quick pull and the cord automatically winds up into the device (see the video for a demo).

Currently in production, Recoil Winders will be available in three sizes – small for iPod and iPhone earbuds; medium for lightweight USB and other cords up to 47”; and large for small diameter cords and cables up to 60”. A storage accessory, known as The Rack, will hold three devices of any size.

Recoil Winders can be pre-ordered (e.g. $8-10 per unit, plus S&H) at Kickstarter until February 25, 2012. The first units are scheduled to ship in April and afterwards will be available commercially.

There are a bunch of cord management products on the market, but few (if any) are as innovative and practical as Recoil Winders. Check out the video and decide for yourself. In case you’re wondering, it’s just as easy to unwind the cable (see here).

Visit Recoil to learn more!

Article first published February 10, 2012.

Stan Megraw

Stan is a writer/researcher, a PhD graduate of McGill University and was a member of the CurioCity team for several years. As a kid he dreamed of playing hockey in the NHL then becoming an astronaut with NASA. Instead, he ended up as an environmental research scientist. In his spare time Stan enjoys working on DIY projects, cooking and exploring his Irish roots.

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