Robots That Transform From Sheets of Paper In Minutes.
One of the latest advancements in robotics could appear to be a sheet of paper and a couple of batteries but under the right conditions these became a self assembling robot.
This real life Transformer was developed by engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University and shows that complex self assembling robots could represent a new way to mass produce complex machines in very little time.
Inspired by the Japanese art of origami these bots consist of five layers of materials including paper, copper, and a memory-shape polymer which when heated above 100 degrees Celsius begins to take shape.
We activate the folding using embedded circuits, which produce heat locally at each hinge,” said Sam Felton, who helped develop the new robot.
Read the full article and watch the video on the livescience webpage.