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Wiretape: Ultra-Thin Solution For Cable Clutter?

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Hitech Innovation's product turns cables into management-friendly tape.

At E3 2010, Hitech Innovations recently demoed Wiretape, a new product that promises to cut down on cable clutter. The company hopes the market its offering to home entertainment and PC enthusiasts who have long suffered from messy wires.

The Wiretape system simply flattens wired connections into a much more manageable tape that's 0.16 mm thick. It accommodates popular transmission formats like USB, HDMI, Ethernet, and other standards commonplace in home theater and computer setups.

Buyers will simply measure out the length they need, cut it out like tape, and connect both ends into so-called connection boxes. Once the connections are made the tape can be secured directly to the walls, floors, and even underneath furniture for minimum visual disruption. The tape is flexible enough to fold multiple times, which means it takes corners easily.

Wiretape comes in five- and the wider eighteen-line versions. These flattened lines are visible through the transparent insulation. Different-colored lines will be available to consumers when the product debuts later this year, to make blending in with the surroundings easier. The key selling point of Wiretape however is that users can paint over the tape if they desire the ultimate camouflage.

Hitech is planning to make Wiretape available to the general market by September 2010. No price info was available as of this writing.

At E3: Wiretape, a super-thin cable you can paint

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    mavroxur , June 17, 2010 7:53 PM
    Being flat with no twisted pairs for impedance and no real EMI canceling characteristics, I kinda have doubts about it's performance. I know flat ribbon cables are used all the time inside electronics for short distances, but running from a TV to a receiver carrying 1080p might be interesting to see how well it performs. They twist pairs and shield cables for a reason.
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    Anonymous , June 17, 2010 10:53 PM
    OMG ribbon wire is totally revolutionary, new, different, unique, and modern!

    They should name it iRibbon and charge $100 a foot.
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    mavroxur , June 17, 2010 7:53 PM
    Being flat with no twisted pairs for impedance and no real EMI canceling characteristics, I kinda have doubts about it's performance. I know flat ribbon cables are used all the time inside electronics for short distances, but running from a TV to a receiver carrying 1080p might be interesting to see how well it performs. They twist pairs and shield cables for a reason.
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    ssddx , June 17, 2010 8:19 PM
    Mavroxur that is absolutely true. Also of note is that speakerwire with the same clear covering & bare flat wires has been available for years now. It seems that this company is just trying to copy that concept and make money when it comes to hdmi & other cords.
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    eyemaster , June 17, 2010 8:26 PM
    Nice that something like this is finally available. Maybe there will be a version with shielding.
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    will_chellam , June 17, 2010 10:00 PM
    The only time I can see this making any difference is in home cinema setups where you have to run long runs of cable up walls, around room or under carpets, as mentioned, it looks like this is where you might encounter most problems like signal loss or accidental damage.

    Personally I would go the whole-hog and bury proper cables in wall channels, or at the very least just hide them in those plastic screw/stick-on cable channels.
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    Anonymous , June 17, 2010 10:53 PM
    OMG ribbon wire is totally revolutionary, new, different, unique, and modern!

    They should name it iRibbon and charge $100 a foot.
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    nukemaster , June 17, 2010 11:46 PM
    I remember seeing this before for running power(low voltage) and I think speaker cables.
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    jaysbob , June 18, 2010 12:01 AM
    great now I can have a tangled up flat wire instead of a round one.
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    uh_no , June 18, 2010 2:54 AM
    um....i thought the idea was to move AWAY from flat cables.....
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    littlec , June 18, 2010 6:00 AM
    mavroxurBeing flat with no twisted pairs for impedance and no real EMI canceling characteristics, I kinda have doubts about it's performance. I know flat ribbon cables are used all the time inside electronics for short distances, but running from a TV to a receiver carrying 1080p might be interesting to see how well it performs. They twist pairs and shield cables for a reason.

    Yup that's the first thing they teach you when you work with cables.
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    will_chellam , June 18, 2010 8:32 AM
    back_by_demandIf I have a wall mounted TV and a Blurau player below, I dont want trunking or a cable running up to it.For the sake of 2m of Wiretape that I can paint or wallpaper over I think it will be just fine.


    Yep, you can put your nicely painted wiretape right next to the power cord....
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    Zingam , June 18, 2010 10:30 AM
    as usual : make the tape $50 / foot and the connectors $20 each and you'll have a winner
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    will_chellam , June 18, 2010 12:50 PM
    back_by_demandI have a dual power socket fitted at face height behind the wall mounted TV.Unfortunately the plasterboard isn't deep enough for me to push a DVD player into it and digging it out again to embed HDMI wires would need me to redecorate - F-THAT!


    Seems like a pretty limited target market - people who had the foresight to embed power cables, but not AV cables when redesigning / redecorating their rooms.....
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    timobkg , June 18, 2010 3:11 PM
    It would be useful for people like me, who have their consoles in the living room connected via ethernet to their routers in the office. Running 100ft of ethernet cable under carpet is a huge pain.
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