The optical cables resembles short antennas, with a red foot, a cyan cord wrapping around it, and a cyan glowing orb on the top that acts as a channel.
In gameplay in the Wii version of Sonic Colors, and the remaster Sonic Colors: Ultimate, when obtaining a Cyan Wisp, the player can target nearby optical cables by transforming into the Cyan Laser. If the player hits the channel with the Cyan Laser, the optical cable sucks the player into it and through it to the closest exit channel. Once through the optical channel, the Cyan Laser will end and the player arrives in a completely different section of the Act. Any enemy residing along the optical cable is likewise destroyed when the Cyan Laser passes through them. Passing through the optical cable also awards the player with 60,000 Color Bonus points.
- Sonic Colors (Wii) United instruction booklet, p. 11. "When Sonic is transformed into the Cyan Laser, be sure to look for prisms (left) and optical cables (right). Shoot at them and see what happens!"
- Sonic Team (16 November 2010). Sonic Colors. Wii. Sega. Area/Level: Tropical Resort. "Miles "Tails" Prower: Access that channel in Laser form to race along it underground at super high speed!"