MIT Reimagines the Power Cord

MIT’s Tangible Media Group—the university’s experimental arm—has come up with a way to turn the cords of our everyday electronics into functional interfaces. Inspired by the way people knot, pinch and kink garden hoses to achieve a desired water flow, the developers set out to bring a similar experience to our normally annoying cables. With Cords UI, you can now tighten a knot to dim a lamp light, pinch to pause music or even initiate “USB safe removal” with a yank.