Motorized Cable Retractor Could be Perfect for Kitchen
During ISE 2011, Komtech introduced a Motorized Cable Retractor system that keeps wires hidden, but easily accessible. Can a Trufig version be far behind?
Sometimes the best innovations are the little things – like the new motorized cable retractor from Komtech.
Demonstrated this week at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE), the system stores a variety of cables when not in use, and allows users to pull them out for temporary connections.
To retract the cables, simply press a button and the unit slowly reels them in. An intelligent device inside the unit analyzes the cable with each use, ensuring nothing is awry.
The company says the system, which is compatible with a variety of Komtech connector panels, maintains the integrity of the cable for at least 1,000 uses.
The Motorized Cable Retractor supports virtually any type of cable including VGA, audio, CATx, USB and DVI.
While targeted for the commercial market, the system would make perfectly good sense for residential applications such as a kitchen. How about a Trufig version?
Pricing was not provided during ISE 2011.
Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Email Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org
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