Origami robots look simple but they solve several problems that plague traditional robots.
An origami robot — which is already cool in its own right — can now wear layers of outfits so that it can shed and discard them depending on the task at hand. Each outfit is made of sheets of plastic that have been designed to fold into specific shapes to accomplish different tasks, such as walking, rolling, sailing on water, and gliding through the air.
A team of roboticists at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) invented the robot, called “Primer,” which transforms itself by wearing different exoskeletons that give the robot new abilities. The research is described in a paper published in Science Robotics today.
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