Japan-based Asahi Kasei Fibers has developed the world’s first stretchable electric cords / data cables. It’s called Roboden and “the stretchable cord could enable new generations of electronics-embedded textiles and robotic skins.” Video after the break.

Roboden is already available in various kinds of cables, including USB cables and standard power cords, giving you that little bit of extra reach you always need to reach that wall socket. But the real upside is in the realm of automated machinery and robotics.

[via PopSci]