German designers have just solved a problem that you didn't know you have. They've created a stylish iPod charging cradle. The upside is that you can clean up all your wires and add to your iPod accessory collection.
If you're more tech than flair, you'd might prefer the SplashPower Charging Station which lets you recharge your phone without wires.
Implications - In a consumer-driven world, the market for products that are more showy and decorative than functional continue to grow as a result of the constant need to buy, to have and to consume. Companies have tapped into this need and continue to release accessories, decorations and customization tools that blur the line for consumers between "want" and "need."