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Self-Folding Origami Robot Goes From Flat to Walking in Four Minutes

By Evan Ackerman

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At the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) last year, Harvard’s Sam Felton introduced us to his printed, self-folding inchworm robot. With some external infrastructure and the addition of a motor, the inchworm could autonomously transform from a flat sheet to a crawling robot by folding itself into a 3D structure with flexible joints.

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Today, Felton and colleagues from Harvard and MIT are publishing a new paper in Science featuring a much more complex self-folding robot that can go from flat to folded and walking in four minutes without any human intervention at all. [Read more]


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