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There's been an slew of new "ultra-portable" USB cables show up over the past several months (you know, because USB cables definitely aren't portable on their own) – like ChargeCard, for example. These little gems aim to do one thing: hang out in easily-accessed areas (like your pocket) and be there when your phone needs some juice or file transfer.

Of all these charging cables we've seen, Torso may actually be the most versatile, as it's flexible and features two bendable arms on either side that can be positioned in a variety of ways, allowing the cable to be more than just a cable. Check it out:

It seems useful enough, anyway. Like most projects of this nature, Torso's creators were seeking funding from Kickstarter. The original goal was $50,000, which just got surpassed with 10 days to go. That's good news for anyone who simply can't live without one of those flexible little guys, since they're actually going to become a thing now. If you don't want to wait for that, however, there's still time to throw some money at the Kickstarter campaign – $17 bucks will score a microUSB Torso for all (or at least most of) your Android needs.

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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.

  • Eric Jones

    Bad idea to mount your phone by the micro usb port. Wear and tear just for charging is bad enough, but actually supporting your phone by it?

    • Nick

      This! Every example they showed was making me actually cringe. This thing is going to destroy USB ports! Terrible design.

    • Király Béla

      Yeah, and it"s especially great with phones like Galaxy S3, where the microUSB is mounted on the motherboard, not a separate PCB.

    • silaslenz

      Yeah, this seems really stupid. Both my old galaxy gio (it sucked) and now my Nexus 4 have broken usb ports. The Nexus still accepts most cables, but the gio is totally broken.

  • kingdazy

    as neato as that looks, i'm not sure I would be comfortable subjecting my micro usb port to that kind of inflexible torque (see charging on wall photo, as an example),

  • Alex T

    Kickstarter; The place that supplies products for all your miniscule First World Problems.

  • Barrett Jasper

    Awesome device. Just be careful on your mini USB port. The solder comes loose over time and they break inside when stressed.

    • NemaCystX

      microUSB

      depending on how the device is designed, some devices, such as the Moto X and HTC One have the frame of the device "wrapped" around the microUSB jack so it supports itself when using just the jack

      However, cheap device materials used in some designs, like the Galaxy S3 and S4 don't. I wouldn't risk it if you are unsure

      • Barrett Jasper

        Agreed but my HTC One had to be replaced due to this but it was pretty "one case issue" it had faulty soldering..rare but still happened. the casing is not actually attached to the port as far as the body goes it's just really tight to hold it in place but if you plug something into hard you can wrap it up inside of the device and break the soldering. Mine was just lose to begin with when I got it so I had to send it back in the next one was totally fine but it can happen.

        • NemaCystX

          the microUSB standard needs to be updated to be more versatile like Apple did with the Lightning Connector

          • Barrett Jasper

            Agreed...mine was definitely an isolated case. For the price of this I personally will still get one. Just be careful when plugging it in of course. I too hope they can come up with a standard, across all platforms input. That'll be nice. +1

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  • ChainsawCharlie

    Whats with the horrid music on that video?!

  • Konstigt2

    Handsfree FaceTime? Ok.. running Ios there on that Samsung-phone?

    • Mnoz

      They have 30pin and lightning versions alongside the micro usb one.

  • pikacu

    lol,chinese did it long time before this,they just steal chinese desing!:D on dx or maybe tinydeal I saw this...

  • GraveUypo

    ROFL i was looking at the picture trying to figure out how they'd pack a cable inside that. and they just dont. Hahaha.
    why not just get a shorter cable then?

  • ProtoKun7

    "$17 bucks"

    17 bucks bucks?

  • Cat Astrophy

    ChargeCard is the only one that seems to get it. The idea is that you can just carry it in your wallet. Most guys are just going to want to stick to the trifecta of keys, wallet, and phone.