The connector is sideways, which minimizes the size of the design and lessens the chance that the connector will get damaged.
(Credit: Escargot )
Ever since we started using the iPhone 5, we've either been carting the Lightning-to-USB cable around or had to go out and buy a spare.
Those pesky cables, however, have a tendency to get tangled in our bags, as well as cause a mess on our desks, so we were intrigued when we spotted the Spixi from New York-based Escargot on Kickstarter, where a $17 pledge gets you one Spixi.
The 2-foot-long retractable charging cable is housed in a slim and sleek-looking polycarbonate case, similar to a measuring tape. Interestingly, the iPhone 5-compatible cable contains an authentication chip, which Escargot claims is "coordinating with Apple through an MFi-certified manufacturer."
Currently seeking funding with a month to go, Spixi is also available in 30-pin and micro-USB options for older iPhones and other smartphones.
The only probable downside has to be waiting till February next year for the Spixi to start shipping, when other alternatives may have already popped up in the market.
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