AccessIO Brings All Your iMac’s Ports To The Front [Kickstarter]

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Kickstarters are like wonderful, vivid dreams that you’re never quite sure are real, and constantly terrified that you’re suddenly going to wake up from, with nothing to show for it. That’s why I usually don’t write them up: even if a Kickstarter is fully funded, you’re never sure if it’s going to come to market as planned, or not be a steaming pile when it does.

I’m making an exception for the AccessIO, though. It corrects a major design issue I’ve had with the iMac pretty much forever: it’s impossible to reach its ports. AccessIO brings your iMac USB and headphone jack to the front of the device, where they belong.

AccessIO Brings All Your iMac’s Ports To The Front [Kickstarter]

The idea behind the AccessIO is simple. It’s essentially just a miniature, one-to-one USB hub that snaps onto the lower frame of your iMac, “wrapping” the USB port on the back around to the front. It does the same with the headphone jack by simply passing through the connection.

Considering the amount of time I spend routing around the back of my iMac, this simple solution is something I’ve been looking for for years. I have some complaints — why just one USB port when they can support all four? — and right now, they’re only thinking of supporting 2012 ultra-thin iMacs, but even so: this idea is a winner, and there’s plenty of time left to work out the details.

Best of all? Supporting the AccessIO is cheap: $15 will get you one. The guys behind AccessIO, Snowmous Design, want to raise $25,000 to make it a reality, and they’re only $825 in so far. Go on over to the official Kickstarter page and help them out, would you? I need this.

  • patrickahles

    You could always buy a rigid 10 cm USB cable for $ 0.54: http://www.broadbandbuyer.co.uk/Shop/Specifications.asp?ProductID=10768

    A lot cheaper too. Plus, the always-plugged-in audio jack makes your iMac think there is a headphone connected, disabling the “normal” sound coming from the iMac, so there is no advantage there…

  • rammo123

    I think the absence of ports on the front of the iMac is one of its greatest attractions. So clean! So zen!

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