Traveling for work usually involves bringing along a small mountain of electronics, each with cables that need to tag along too. But a new Kickstarter promises to replace them all—power, video, and audio—with a single multi-headed cord that can handle any connection that wireless hasn't already replaced.
Before most cables ran underground, all electrical, telephone and telegraph wires were suspended from high poles, creating strange and crowded streetscapes. Here are some typical views of late-19th century Boston, New York, Stockholm, and other wire-filled cities.
Seriously. Watching this awesome machine bend wires in different shapes puts my brain into deep hipnotoad mode. The manufacturer claims it is the fastest wire bending machine in the world. I don't know if that's true or not, but it's unreal. How the hell does this thing work?
Researchers in Japan have developed an incredibly thin wire—just half a micrometer in diameter—made from a new composite material composed of traditional copper and those new fangled carbon nanotubes. But what makes this creation particularly awesome is that the new wire allows over 100 times more current to flow than…
It would be so convenient if all the clutter in life could just disappear. Only the essentials. Clean lines. If you replaced everything in your house with pieces from this series by Japanese architecture group NOIZ you would never need to worry about loose change under the couch cushions or crumbs on the table again.…
For some reason, a Belarusian iron and steel mill made a calendar using its naked women workers. That's sort of normal, I guess. But the iron and steel mill wanted to make sure anyone who saw this calendar knew it was theirs by superimposing images of melting metal, wire looms, burning steel, cables, fences and…
Andreas Gefeller, a photographer, took a series of pictures that show the ridiculously tangled telephone wires on the streets of Japan. It's jarring how chaotic the wires look when they're all you focus on.
It's 2010, which means it's almost the future, which means pretty soon your speaker wire-stripping and Cat 5 cable-crimping skills will about as useful as knowing how to cobble a pair of shoes. Here's how you splice fiber optics. [TWUntangled]
Turn your death-trap of precarious wiring into a design feature with E-Line. By placing a grooved, flexible exo-skin around the inner power cord, E-Line creates a semi-rigid cable you're able to spend hours obsessively tidying into a pleasing shape.
How does that picture you just sent your buddy get from your phone to his computer, exactly? Surprisingly enough, not through pixie dust and unicorn dreams! Here's how it really works.
This is Connected, a self-portrait sculpture by artist Kasey McMahon. It's made entirely of Cat 5 cables and other wires, wrapped around a steel frame. It's absolutely stunning.
Sometimes the best place to hide something is in plain sight.
A normal person sees these birds perched on electrical wires and worries about getting crapped on. Jarbas Agnel looks at them and sees musical notes. Maybe he's smarter than the rest of us because the melody is utterly oh-so-sweet-that-I-could-doze-off-right-now.
While I've clearly stated that, despite Best Buy's 57 overpriced "choices," HDMI cables pretty much all do the same thing, this isn't the case with analog audio cables. Here's the physical explanation why:
This HDMI 1.3a cable supports deep color and has a mini signal repeater to allow the cable to be run up to 82-feet behind walls. Useful, if it works (it's not powered). As we proved in our HDMI tests, like all DC current over straight wire, even digital video signals degrade over great distance. [Accell]