Scientists built a robot out of stretchy, electronic "octopus skin." So, uh ... why?
Well, octopus skin has a lot of cool properties. It's stretchy and can change color. That makes it the perfect inspiration for flexible electronics.
Flexible electronics is a big area of modern tech research.
Kevin Dowling, vice president of R&D at MC10, told TED, "Essentially, what we're trying to do is free electronics from what is called 'the wafer.' ... Everything you own that's electronic ... is now formed upon silicon wafers."
Flexible electronics can be used in medical devices or, you know, to make squishy, wriggly robots.