Awesome self-folding paper robots

From the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,  "A Method for Building Self-folding Machines."

Or better "A Real-Life, Origami-Inspired Transformer!"

It is paper with printed with circuits and overlayed at the self-folding joints with "Shrinky Dinks".

Shrink Dinks when heated by the heating filiments in the circuits will cause a 50% contraction which pulls the paper into a fold.

Still kinda bulky with the batteries required but it is looking very promising.

AND it does actually take about four and a half minutes to an operational state.  This animated GIF is time-lapsed.

NPR's report - (link)
Financial Times: (video link)

via Wave the Dave and NPR


  1. Dave the Wave9:51 AM PDT

    Thanks for the shout-out!


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