Really, really want: stretchable power and data cables

I dunno about you, but I've got a new item at the top of my omg want list: Asahi Kasei corporation has developed elastic power and data cables that can be stretched up to 1.5 times their original length while maintaining their connections.

We've all been there: you're trying to plug something in and the power socket or USB port or whatever is juuuuust out of range, so you YANK YANK YANK on the cord in an attempt to get some extra length out of it. Does it ever work? No, no it doesn't, because power cords don't stretch, you idiot.



A Japanese company has come up with a way to embed conductive fibers into elastic cords which will stretch if you yank on them, increasing their length by an extra 50%. The idea behind this is to use the cables on robots to help them be more flexible. Personally, I don't care a jot about robots. What I want are power cables, USB cables, ethernet cables and HDMI cables that I can stretch if I need to. If Asahi Kasei is going to ignore my non-robot needs, I can only hope that someone else will take up this stretchy cable idea and turn it into a product that we can all throw piles of our hard-earned money at.

Super stretchy cable video below.

Diginfo, via Engadget

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