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Cable Dispenser

We worked together with another engineering firm to develop a next generation, fully automated cell phone recycling kiosk.

We were tasked with developing a system to extend/retract the proper cable for a given cell phone.

The system was made up of a series of cartridges containing a retract spring, the cable, and a customized connector. A stepper motor indexed the carousel, a servo motor paid out and retracted the cable, and another servo motor acted as a gear selector.

The carousel was mounted on a sheet metal door incorporating a hinge that allowed the entire unit to swing out of the way of a technician servicing the kiosk.