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Off and on for years I've been wondering how to maintain a data connection when one side of the connection can rotate arbitrarily, without limiting the number of degrees through which that side can rotate or tangling the wires.

I finally looked it up and, huh, the idea I'd had in my head for how to do it turns out to be the state of the art: homebuiltrovs.com/slipringreel

("Just go wireless" also works, but introduces its own set of problems.)

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