Origami inspired robots fold themselves into action. via new scientist
It’s a real Transformer. A flat chunk of butterfly-shaped plastic magically folds itself into the shape of a four-legged robot – and then, astonishingly, walks off using its own power source.
Built by a team led by microrobotics engineers Sam Felton and Robert Wood at Harvard University in Massachusetts, the robot gets its basic flat-pack form from the Japanese art of paper folding – origami.
By choosing flat shapes that will unfold into forms that produce movable legs – a subset of the art called rigid origami – the team simply had to work out how to get its morphing machine to automatically unfold and crawl.