MIT project makes yanking, twisting and tangling power cords into a way of controlling electronics

In the wireless-powered society of today, cables and wires are thrown out the window whenever possible. An overhaul of what a cord can do might save it from turning obsolete. MIT’s Media Lab, through Cord UI, is discovering other ways to utilize the trusty cable.

The paper on the project reads:

“Most of the presented interactions lend strongly from the metaphor of regarding the cord as a hose and the power and data as liquid flowing in that hose…Cords offer endless possibilities of manual manipulation that could be used for interaction but are better performed with other devices that offer easier multi-DOF control. Hence, we decided to focus on interactions that are simple and could potentially be performed eyes-free.”

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