Separately, origami and robots are just about the two most interesting pastimes/hobbies/curiosities that there are. Together, they make the world’s coolest little machine. Scientists at MIT have just shared their newest innovation: A teeny tiny robot capable of folding itself into a piece of origami. It’s called the Untethered Miniature Origami Robot, and it’s only 1.7 square centimeters. Researches hope that with future developments, a dissolvable version of this robot could be used in a medical setting: In other words, this little guy could travel into a human body, cure what ails it, and dissolve without a trace. For now, the prototype is still pretty incredible. The small robot powers itself via neodymium magnet and four electromagnetic coils, which give it a tremendous range of motion. You’re not going to believe how many tricks it can do.
Scientists Have Just Invented An Origami Robot That Can Do Just About ANYTHING. April 1, 2023