Monday, July 9, 2018

Bobine Flex cable puts a phone where you want it

7/09/2018

For the past six months, we’ve had a family member deployed to a faraway military base.That means we’ve done a lot of video conferencing.

Apps like Facetime and Duo work just fine. The challenge has been getting my phone in into a stable position that works for both sides of the conversation. The tripods and selfie sticks that I tried were pretty disappointing but my Bobine Flex nailed it. 

The Bobine is a combination mobile phone dock and charging cable. It’s made using a 24-inch length of bendable metal tubing, the kind you ,might see on a gooseneck reading lamp. At one end is a USB plug, at the other is a cradle for an iPhone or Android mobile phone.

With a few twists and turns, you can fashion the cable into a rigid snake that keeps your phone in view while it charges. In a car, it’s a good alternative to those clunky windshield suction cups or vent clips. I keep mine on my desk connected to my computer so it’s always charging and ready for the next video call.

The cable comes with a standard USB plug at one end and your choice of mobile phone plugs at the other. A Bobine Flex with Apple's Lightning plug costs $34.95 and one with a USB Type-C is $29.95. Both are available at the Fuse Chicken website.



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