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The cordless extension cord: Proof that impossible ideas don’t stay impossible forever

Written by bbb on December 14, 2007

Talk about innovation! For years, I’ve joked that the product I most desire is a cordless extension cord (followed closely by the microwave freezer).

Looks like the idea isn’t so ridiculous after all.

The other day, I read with interest a story about WildCharge, a very cool product that charges devices such as phones and MP3 players when you place them on its conducting pad. This led to a story I’d missed back in June about some MIT researchers who’ve been able to wirelessly power a lightbulb.

Fantastic!

Reminds me of the importance of encouraging ridiculous or even impossible ideas when attempting to innovate a product or service. If you start from somewhere safe, you’ll end up somewhere boring. Start from somewhere crazy and you might end up with a terrific idea that’s practical to pull off.

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2 responses to “The cordless extension cord: Proof that impossible ideas don’t stay impossible forever”

  1. Austin Holtzapple says:

    yes that is cool i want one for my go kart i’m making but is there any way you can get a range extender or something to make it send the electric longer(distance)

    E-mail me

  2. Anonymous says:

    I had this idea for 15 or more years!