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Feb
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As someone with approximately 1600 gadgets laying around the house at all times, I constantly have charging cables everywhere. On the floor. On the desk. On my nightstand. In the kitchen, living room, and even the car. You get the idea. For the longest time, I have used the binder clip trick to manage the flurry of chargers on my desk. But now, UDS – the creators of Capta and Vavo – have a better solution: Snable.

The company was cool enough to send me a couple of pre-production samples made with a 3D printer, so this is the first time that we've actually gotten to spend some hands-on time with a Kickstarter project before it even started funding.

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As you can see in the video above, Snable is extremely well thought-out. It features several different channels for cables to be routed, all of which can be used at the same time. So, in theory, you could manage seven (or more) cables at once with this one little gadget. It has a re-usable adhesive pad on the bottom (much like the pad on UDS' other products), so it will stick basically wherever you put it. If that's not a practical solution, or you need it in the same place all the time, it also features two screw holes so it can be mounted to a desk, wall, or anywhere else. It's really great.

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Like I said, I've been using Snable for the past few days to manage various cables across my desk, and it works very, very well. This is, of course, a pre-production model of the unit, and the final version will be even more polished (though I'm not sure how much better it can get, honestly).

Speaking of the final version – this is where UDS needs your help. Like its other projects, this one's going through Kickstarter to get its funding. The company is trying to raise a total of $16,850; if you get in on the pledging action early, you can score three Snables for $12. The retail cost of the little gadgets will be $12.99 for two, so it's essentially like getting one for free. Once that package has 260 backers, however, it goes away. The other option is $15 for three Snables – which is still a great deal – but pledging sooner will net you a couple extra bucks.

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If you're ready to commit and help UDS reach its goal, hit the link to make it happen.

Snable Kickstarter

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vic7em Victor Reyes

    No thanks...lol i can manage my own cables...LMAO..SMH

  • http://twitter.com/trickedoutdavid David Margolin

    must admit, the design looked kinda useless at first but after watching the video, it seems like something i really need...

    • Tony

      I agree, I liked the idea itself but after watching the video and saw it in action I liked it.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    I just love Adewale - he makes simple but amazing products (I have the Capta and the Vavo - both brilliant), and he's just so charismatic. A true entrepreneur.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      This. Adewale is a great guy, and he really cares about the products with the UDS name on them.

      • Abhigyan

        The guy actually replied personally to my email regarding shipping problems for the PuGoo pads. Who else does that?

    • ChumbleSpuzz

      This guys runs great Kickstarter projects. The products are top notch and great quality. He respond to any and all inquiries and issues, very politely I might add, and give updates frequently. It was a no-brainer to support them again.

  • Zaatour36

    I really like the idea, and best of all, the pricing is very resealable :)

    wish them the best

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    I had to jump in on this. I really liked the Capta and this will be a pretty useful addition. At $5 each ($4 for the early birds), it's a pretty good price.

  • Falconator

    Simple yes but I can take that plastic pizza table, flip it upside down, and glue a stick in the middle also.

    If you like it then go for it. I'm passing on this.

  • jeff

    Quirky has the same things already in production so this is nothing new. Plus the Quirky ones are a little nicer on the eyes.

  • Sootie

    You have cables in your floor?

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

    Yeah... you didn't actually read the post did you?

  • Roy

    Of course a sample was sent.
    AP has become the unofficial marketer for kickstarter things in recent times.
    I'm not hating on the product, it's nifty and cheap but after two launched products on KS wouldn't this guy have enough money to fund a normal businesses by now?

    • Matthew Fry

      It's still a viable platform to test the waters on whether there is demand for a product.

      • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

        I'm not really taking either side on this, but there is a valid point here (one I've even made about another company). How far does it go before somebody is no longer testing the waters or trying to get a company off of the ground? Obviously UDS is still young and it's realistic that they need the security of this platform to gain traction before they start taking risks of their own; however, there will come a time that it stops being a legitimate way to test the waters and becomes more about advertising a new product. The (claimed) intention of Kickstarter is to help inventors without big assets or corporate backing to get a great idea off of the ground.

        For example, I think most of us would be offended if Sony launched a Kickstarter campaign for a new type of earbuds. Sony is extremely well established, has plenty of money, and launches new products daily without asking the world to give them money in advance. Everybody would say that Sony was abusing Kickstarter advertising, obscuring lesser known projects that actually deserve more attention.

        Again, I don't think this is an issue with UDS right now, but a time will eventually come when nobody believes they couldn't launch a new product without going through Kickstarter, at which point I would expect people to call them out if they do it.

        • ndre

          I believe that the moment you are ready to leave Kickstarter is (and should!) really be self-regulated. I mean, for the benefit they offer when you launch a new product, you have to hand to them a relevant part of your profits. If your name is out there, if you are confident that your next product will sell, there's no reason you'd be willing to do that.

          • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

            Consider launching on a personal website. Credit card transactions alone will range between 2%-3% (most starting sites won't get below 3%). You've got to pay to do all of your own advertising, that can be anywhere from 5%-15% of the product price (more if the product isn't very successful). I won't even go into dealing with resellers (brick and mortar, Amazon, etc.), where you're selling at wholesale prices (40%-60% of retail).

            Kickstarter takes 5% and Amazon will take about 2% more. So, for 7% of the total amount, you're getting the money up front, guaranteed payments, and lots of publicity and advertising. Yeah, that's not a non-trivial amount, but just matching against transaction fees, that 7% effectively drops to 4%. That's basically 4% of the product price for tons of free advertising and publicity. That's a bargain! As a bonus (that may not apply to all cases), compare the up front money to a small business loan, where your interest rate (not counting fees) will be at least 6%-8%. You're getting money up front, with no interest at all. With the loan, you're also taking a risk that your business will fail.

            The math makes it obvious. Even if you can be certain your next product will do well and you've got the money to front it, you still might want to run a Kickstarter just to get a free loan and to gain the extra publicity.

    • Nicksage

      Come on!!!! If you say these about guys trying to start a company by launching products on Kickstarter what would you say about ALREADY established companies like Minimal who came to Kickstarter to launch Lunatik, Taktic and their pen and have left with close to 1.5M in pledges and will STILL return???? And here you are picking on a couple of guys working to make a name for themselves and their products. You should be supporting them not trying to bring them down. Just my 2 cents