The relaxing, ancestral art of Origami has received its biggest revolution since its inception: now it assembles itself. Sure, this kills most of the romanticism about it, but it is quite a sight to behold.
A group of robotics researchers have come up with a way to create a unique brand of robots: origami figures that autonomously self assembling and roaming around. As if inspired by Transformers, capable of disguising themselves becoming regular vehicles, these robots instead turn into origami figures. Careful, they might be hiding amongst your paper cranes and bunnies.
The footage uploaded by the team shows a couple of batteries and motors folfing the paper into classic origami figures without any human involvement. The robots do move on their own, and use “shape memory polymers” that contract when heated. It takes it about four minutes to fully transform from scratch, so, luckily, you’ll be able to spot them. You know, before they enslave you.
You can see the process unfold right below these lines.
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