2-for-Tuesday: Quirky 9' Pro Wrap Around Extension Cords - 2 for $14
- Two 9’ extension cords that, like a boa constrictor, can wrap around anything (including capybaras)
- Each cord sports 3 outlet heads, like some kind of mutated, hydra-like capybara
- The capybara is the largest rodent in the world
- Model: E-PPPRO-YW01 (You’d think this unwieldy string of characters would be unique, but Google Books claims it is to be found somewhere in this Greek and Latin text and also somewhere in here)
The Inventor's Invention
You’d think extension cords would be hard to improve. Their function is so simple it’s entirely captured in their name: They are cords that extend.
Yet this humble device seems to speak to inventors, because they keep improving it. These Quirky wrap-around extension cords solve the irritation of keeping your cords in place with simple elegance, and make the old method of duct taping or tying a cord seem foolish — barbaric, even.
“I could have invented this!” You might say, and yes, you probably could have if you spent much of your waking life thinking about cords. But you don’t. So you didn’t.
Quirky, which takes submissions for gadgets from the public and then builds the best ones, is positively rife with extension cords. Their Pivot flexible surge protector is staggeringly popular. The public’s hunger for novel power-supply solutions can, it seems, hardly be sated even by the frenetic pace of technological improvement.
There’s a modular power strip on Kickstarter that nearly quadrupled its €50,000 goal. There are those popular squid power strips that solve a problem we’re still not clear on. And there’s a “power donut” that raised half a million dollars, probably thanks to its weird pitch video that feels like ASMR.
Our theory for why power cords are such a hotbed of innovation? It’s because inventors spend all their time wrangling them! Think about it: Prototyping requires constantly setting up new work stations, plugging in a bajillion tools and gadgets, and generally trying to maintain order among cord chaos. Inventors are constantly trying to solve this problem because it is one they face daily.
But hey, so long as they keep inventing cords that make our lives slightly easier, more power to 'em. Ugh, sorry, we better wrap this up.