Mini origami robot self-folds, walks, swims and degrades

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  • This untethered miniature origami robot is about the size of a fingernail. Image credit: Evan Ackerman/IEEE Spectrum
  • The detail of the robot. Credit: MIT/Shuhei Miyashita, Steven Guitron, Marvin Ludersdorfer, Cynthia R. Sung, and Daniela Rus
  • The robot's crease pattern and size. Credit: MIT/Shuhei Miyashita, Steven Guitron, Marvin Ludersdorfer, Cynthia R. Sung, and Daniela Rus
  • The robot walks with torque-based control. Credit: MIT/Shuhei Miyashita, Steven Guitron, Marvin Ludersdorfer, Cynthia R. Sung, and Daniela Rus
  • The robot swims with force-based control. Credit: MIT/Shuhei Miyashita, Steven Guitron, Marvin Ludersdorfer, Cynthia R. Sung, and Daniela Rus
Date:3 June 2015 Tags:, , , ,

A team of researchers at MIT has created a untethered mini origami robot that self-folds, walks, swims and degrades.

Starting off as a flat sheet with a small magnet on it, the robot folds itself up within seconds and is immediately ready to move around on land and through water. The robot is driven by magnetic fields, which allows for movement and enables it to carry objects and dig. After completing its tasks, the robot is designed to submerge itself in acetone and dissolve.

Watch the video above to see the mini origami robot in action.