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Gravity type retractable cords?
« on: June 16, 2016, 10:56:43 am »
Hi;
I'm working on a cabinet for the local University to run the students home brew projects out of.  It is an old Berzserk cabinet that was re-themed to something else.  Now I stripped it out and will be reinstalling the following, per the professors specs:
1. Tower Computer
2. Keyboard
3. 19" Wide aspect ratio computer monitor
4. 4 xbox 360 controllers

For the controllers, the professor wants them passively retractable, so they do not hang out and get tangled.   I know USB retractors are available, but I don' think they would hold up.  Also, since you need to do something to get them to retract, I feel the students wouldn't do that, and they would still be a tangled mess.  I was thinking about something like you use under your kitchen counter for the hose/faucet on some of those single squirter types, but I would really like some suggestions.  We will be running 4 controllers.

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Re: Gravity type retractable cords?
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2016, 11:01:24 am »
Those under-sink hoses don't retract so much as use a weight to pull the hose back down into the fixture. There's nothing rolling the hose up.

While I think it's a cool idea (and I'm planning to do something similar), why use an arcade cab for something that sounds like a console project? Just curious.

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Re: Gravity type retractable cords?
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2016, 12:21:29 pm »
How about using a pulley, weight, stop bracket, and a dog leash spring as a shock absorber in case someone tries to pull the controller past the point where the weight hits the stop bracket?   ;D



As always, diagram is not drawn to scale.   :lol


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Re: Gravity type retractable cords?
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2016, 01:18:28 pm »
Those under-sink hoses don't retract so much as use a weight to pull the hose back down into the fixture. There's nothing rolling the hose up.

While I think it's a cool idea (and I'm planning to do something similar), why use an arcade cab for something that sounds like a console project? Just curious.

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- They want the machine out in a public area, so this years students can look at last years projects.
- The cabinet has a "cool factor" that they are looking for.
- The cabinet was free, and comes with a lot of parts I need.
- That was what they requested, I'm doing the fabrication.

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Re: Gravity type retractable cords?
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2016, 01:20:24 pm »
How about using a pulley, weight, stop bracket, and a dog leash spring as a shock absorber in case someone tries to pull the controller past the point where the weight hits the stop bracket?   ;D



As always, diagram is not drawn to scale.   :lol


Scott

This is sort of what I was thinking about.  You gave me some good food for thought.  I was also thinking the cord may need to go in flexible conduit. 

I like the strain relief and shock absorber aspects of your design.

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Re: Gravity type retractable cords?
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2016, 03:14:59 pm »
How about using a pulley, weight, stop bracket, and a dog leash spring as a shock absorber in case someone tries to pull the controller past the point where the weight hits the stop bracket?   ;D



As always, diagram is not drawn to scale.   :lol


Scott

This is sort of what I was thinking about.  You gave me some good food for thought.  I was also thinking the cord may need to go in flexible conduit. 

I like the strain relief and shock absorber aspects of your design.

see if you can get some stainless shower head hose. it's pretty tough and flexible. it may mean cutting and reattaching your USB cable though. (unless you can detach it from the inside of the controller)


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Re: Gravity type retractable cords?
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2016, 03:19:46 pm »
One thing to consider is no one is going to want to fight the weighted pulley system while they play, either. Simply need a way, or something similar to a tape measure friction lock, pull out, cable stays where it is because it's pinched between two surfaces, press the button and the cable retracts.

Or just go with external USB ports and a storage drawer.
« Last Edit: August 05, 2016, 01:44:25 pm by BigCurtis »

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Re: Gravity type retractable cords?
« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2016, 10:06:42 pm »
Why not just use a retractable usb extention.


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Re: Gravity type retractable cords?
« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2016, 12:21:31 am »
After a short while,  they stop retracting. Take it from me.
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Re: Gravity type retractable cords?
« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2016, 06:09:25 am »
After a short while,  they stop retracting. Take it from me.
It does look cheap.

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Re: Gravity type retractable cords?
« Reply #10 on: July 11, 2016, 03:33:15 pm »
After a short while,  they stop retracting. Take it from me.
It does look cheap.

Not only look cheap, are cheap, in a "is a pile of crap" kinda cheap. The same goes for those micro-mouses with retractable cable, are very fragile and prone to fail.

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Re: Gravity type retractable cords?
« Reply #11 on: December 13, 2016, 01:00:39 pm »
in case you get this...i've used retractable ID badge assembly...just a thought.
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Re: Gravity type retractable cords?
« Reply #12 on: December 13, 2016, 03:12:53 pm »
If your just using Xbox 360 controllers, why not use wireless ones?

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Re: Gravity type retractable cords?
« Reply #13 on: December 13, 2016, 09:22:18 pm »
After a short while,  they stop retracting. Take it from me.
It does look cheap.
I used one in the car when I listened to podcasts.  It shocked me a bit.

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Re: Gravity type retractable cords?
« Reply #14 on: January 20, 2017, 04:22:00 am »
I might be late but what the OP wants is called a security tether.

http://www.southernimperial.com/security-tethers-c-320_326.html

  
 

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