No More Tangled Cables
For about four years, I was doing a lot of traveling as a consultant working with Budweiser, Spaulding, Publix Stores, Thorlos Socks, and others. It was on and off planes, in and out of hotel rooms and research facilities; setting up and taking down my portable office five or six times a day and the constant tangle of USB, power, and ear-bud cables were driving me nuts.
Sitting on a plane, wanting to work on a piece in my digital recorder, I reached into my briefcase and pulled out black spaghetti again! I had tried twisty ties, clever little velcro straps, the cute little bags some headsets come with (always impossible to re-pack the way they did at the factory – in China), my daughter’s elastic hair bands, and a variety of marlinspikesman-like attempts to coil and twist the cords themselves into manageable “knots” trying to control the mess. Nothing seemed to keep them from finding each other and co-mingling. Ear-bud cables were the worst.
I mumbled, “There has to be a better way.” and bam! It hit me all at once. Over the next few weeks, I reworked the design on paper to make it look sleeker and to fit the hand more comfortably. I did not want to follow the advice received from many: “Take it offshore, it will be cheaper.” I wanted to help create and maintain jobs in the USA; especially near my home in Wyoming, where I discovered local manufacturers who were thrilled to help bring a new product to the market.
When we were kids, Gumby was on television every Saturday morning. He was always resourceful and innovative when it came to solving problems. Coil is like that, too. So our friends were inspired to create the Coil Critter as a companion for our website.
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