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TrendHunter- "...an essential addition to anyone’s tech accessory arsenal...The Hub is a simple solution to a prevalent problem."
The Awesomer- "...convert your existing cords into retractable ones, making it easy to store and organize them."
Behance Network- "Cord hubs to prevent clumsy desktop mishaps."
Core77- "The Hub (and Mini Hub) is among the more thoughtfully-designed cord management systems we've seen."
We are really glad to finally share our new project with you. Thank you to everyone who made our other two projects successful. Our new project is all about storing, protecting, and simplifying your favorite wires and cords with one push of a aircraft grade aluminum button. No more mess, tangled wires, or hand-winding. Welcome to 2012.
The Hub Set
1 Hub Set includes 2 useful sizes (cords not included)
Why are we passionate about the Hubs?
We love making useful things that save us time and headache. We feel that hand-winding and untangling cords is a waste of everyone's time. We wanted to start off the new year by taking control of the time we spend everyday trying to keep our cords untangled and organized. It may seem like a small thing to be passionate about, but we often find the most joy and fulfillment in the little things in life that improve our daily lives.
As great as wireless stuff is, the majority of us still plug in our iphones, ipads, and ipods everyday. After we're finished, most of us loosely store the cord on a desk, drawer, bag, or backpack unprotected and messy.
Current cord management solutions today seem to provide us all with one solution and message, "Hand-wrap your nice cords around a cheap plastic stick, rod, hooks, wheel, or some other gizmo. Then, toss it in your bag and let it get tangled up again." One day it hit us that we were not happy with the old solution of managing our cords and we wanted to change it.
That's why we decided to make some really high quality, user-friendly, aircraft grade 6061 aluminum universal retractable cord management hubs that can help make our life more simple and that worked with the existing cord we already owned. Something that works how it should with just one push of a button.
Compact mini hub is only 16mm tall (0.62 in)
The Hub Solution
We love using products that have only one button. To us they feel clean, well-designed, uncomplicated, and inviting. Our hubs work with most of your existing cords and wires that you already own, use, and love. The hubs allow you to simply swap you favorite cords in and out whenever you want. Turning your tangled cords into sleek retractable ones that are safely stored in a lightweight aircraft grade 6061 aluminum body. We have worked hard to keep the hubs compact yet pack a lot of cord safely inside each hub. Managing your cords just got a lot easier.
The hubs make managing your cords and staying organized super easy. Just one press of a button and... "swoosh", you're ready to go.
Easy as 1-2-3
1. Twist the bottom cap off
2. Find the middle of your cord and place it inside
3. Replace the bottom cap and press the center button
You can customize the hubs to work with both your short and long cords by adjusting the tension of the white retracting spool to fit your cord length.
Size & Weight
Help us choose the final finish
*(winning finish) updated Feb 24th,2012
*Anodized Aluminum or High-Polished Aluminum
(similar to a mac laptop) (same finish that's in the photos)
In the true spirit of kickstarter, we are letting you (our backers) vote and make a "majority-wins" vote between the two options for the first production run. We will send out a voting survey when the project is funded.
Uses your existing cords
We mainly use a lot of Apple cords and they work awesome with both of our hubs. No need to buy new cords and add to the pile. If your lengths and cord diameters are within our parameters, the hubs should change the way you currently manage your cords for the better.
The minihub comes with a removable securing clip.
"mini hub" is great for thin standard sized headphone cord wires
Fits cords that are up to:
1.5 Meters long / 2mm thick (4.9 feet long / 0.078 inches thick)
"the hub" is great for thicker cords like standard sized USB cord wires (cords used on iphones, ipads, ipods etc.)
Fits cords that are up to:
1.15 Meters long / 3mm thick (3.77 feet long / 0.12 inches thick)
6061 Aircraft Grade Aluminum (body)
Durable ABS Plastic (inside parts)
High-Strength Steel (spring mechanism)
The last hurdleWe need to produce these little guys on a large scale to pay for the plastic injection molds needed during mass production. We also need to meet our MOQ's (minimum order quantities) and buy the necessary parts, packaging, and shipping supplies at lower bulk rates. When you back our project, you will help us pay for all of these things so we can make the hubs and get them in your hands. Please share the project link with your friends and favorite blogs.
Thanks for checking out our project. We hope you have a great day.
-Chadwick & Joe
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Yep, it sure does. You can check out the quick demo video here. http://vimeo.com/37175574
The winning finish in the majority-wins-all vote is: Anodized Aluminum.
So, for the first production run everything will be this finish.
Not right now. In order to keep our order fulfillment process simple, we need to organize the hubs in sets of 2pcs.
You can order multiple sets. Just not singles or any odd numbers of the individual hubs.
Yes. We have a "1 USB HUB SET" reward that gets you 2 usb hubs for $45.
If you want 2 or more sets you can adjust/manage your pledge in multiples of $45 for each additional usb set you want. ( ex. 1 usb hub set (2pcs) = $45, 2 usb hubs sets (4pcs) = $90 )
Yes, we will put a small logo underneath the bottom side of the hubs so it will be out of the way and won't mess with the clean minimal design pictured in the photos above.
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