While we wait patiently for wireless power systems to come of age, managing unsightly cables remains an annoying problem. Perhaps camouflage is the answer.
This vine-shaped mobile phone charging cable from Microworks is one application of this idea. It's only a design concept at the moment, but I can picture something more elaborate—like a faux houseplant that is actually a gadget hub, with multiple branches that extend out and double as charging cables. It certainly would be a lot better than having cables slithering out of every socket like some sort of robotic Medusa. [Microworks via Spoon and Tamago via Dwell]