Researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have another cool demonstration of self folding, origami robots. Last month they reported on a way to assemble a swarm of tiny robots from a single flat sheet .
There have been other self folding robots from this lab and elsewhere, but this one shows a way to self assemble a bunch of them at once, from a convenient flat pack delivery. They also use LEDs and photoresistors to control the folding with feedback, which makes the folds much more precise and repeatable.
Very, very cool.
- Evan Ackerman, Swarm of Origami Robots Can Self Assemble Out of a Single Sheet, in IEEE Spectrum Automation. 2016, IEEE. http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hardware/harvard-self-folding-origami-robots
- Martin E. W. Nisser, Samuel M. Felton, Michael T. Tolley, Michael Rubenstein, and Robert J. Wood, “Feedback-Controlled Self-Folding of Autonomous Robot Collectives, in IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2016) 2016: Daejeon.