Sometimes we have ideas and we realise that they are already present, but just not mainstream. Maybe no one has managed to make them commercially viable, or other similar ideas have taken the lead or their application has been clumsy and troublesome. Today’s idea fits very well in the last box, and as such I can’t really attribute it to being “my” idea. But it should totally be included because we all need it.
What if all our endless power leads were retractable by the push of a button! I simply do not understand why this hasn’t been done for all leads (power / head phones / internet cables etc.) long time ago. Yes, I have seen this once (see photo – press the middle button to retract the leads) for a internet cable, and IT IS GREAT!
But how come this isn’t available for all our cables and leads? Why can’t we simply have a box in the middle with a button on it that you press and it retracts the leads into itself. Like the button on a vacuum cleaner! Why… WHY? is that about the only household item with such handy way of dealing with the power plug. You take your vacuum cleaner out few times a month, but your laptop you open up every day. Makes no sense that the laptop has terrible power leads, headphones, even keyboard and mouse things (though luckily these are mostly wireless now).
I think that anyone that creates a universal retractable lead box will make millions. But then again – we might just skip that step in the end and go Wireless (I will not create a separate entry for wireless – it is just too obvious).
[one_two_first]Complexity: 3 / 5
Viability: 4 / 5[/one_two_first]
[one_two_second]Impact: 2 / 5
Estimated Startup Cost: <$400K [/one_two_second]
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