They aren’t as hip as those curly cables we’ve shown you a few days ago, but Roboden [JP], the world’s first elastic electrical cable, is way more useful. Its maker, major Japanese chemical company Asahi Kasei, says the cable stretches by a factor of 1.5 – like the human skin.
In the video embedded below, Asahi Kasei mainly talks about robot applications. The cable could, for example, do its part in doing away with the mechanical and chopping motions most humanoids have.
But it can also be used as a “general” electrical cable, for example to transfer data, as a more flexible USB cable, in wearable electronics, for motion-capturing applications, etc.
This video, shot by Diginfo TV in Tokyo (in English), provides more insight: