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Instead of flexible wire that gets all tangled up, use rigid wire
sections that plug into each other and fold at the edge or in the
The result: a long wire that you can fold up or break into
pieces, with less flexibility than a regular wire but still is
somewhat flexible (depending
of course on the length of the
Each section tip has a connector to plug into the next section.
There will be different types of plugs that connect into the end
section, for input and output: e.g. for USB, for electrical
current, for an audio signal. The plugs for input can be RJ, USB
etc, and for output you could have an earphone, a USB out, a
charger plug etc.
2 ways to do this.
1. Each section's tips with the connector are extended by a
wire. Allowing the plug to turn in any direction.
2. Or, somewhere in the middle, there is a joint or wire that
lets it fold. Best if it the joint has two positions: a) free to
move and b) rigid - flat.
[xenzag, Jan 12 2018]
||It's a good, practical idea, (therefore hardly halfbaked) which inevitably means it's been thought of. (see link) Now if it dances the polka when you switch it on, due to motorised hinges, then it gets my vote.
||The more joins, the more electrical resistance and losses. A synaptic analogue join may overcome this.
||Also, the more joins, the more unreliability.