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Utah Crowd-Funding: A place for your iPhone

Published October 15, 2013 9:42 am
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The folks behind this week's Utah Crowd-Funding project follow the motto of Rodney Copperbottom, the hero of the computer-animated film "Robots": "See a need, fill a need."

That need is the mess of charging cords that emanate from one's computer.

The Spool Dock, being developed by Salt Lake City firm Quell & Co., provides an elegant solution: A felt-covered stand for your iPhone or iPad, and a wood-and-metal spool to hold in the charging cord in a compact and esthetically pleasing way.

The Spool Dock is the brainchild of Jeremy Saxton, a former designer for Nike and HP. His creation was profiled Monday on Wired.com.

Quell & Co. has launched a Kickstarter campaign, seeking to earn $85,000 to start production of the Spool Dock. If all goes well, the company aims to have the device in stores — and in the hands of its Kickstarter backers — by February.

The campaign runs through Nov. 7. So far, the campaign has raised seven percent of its goal, or $6,212.

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