This Incredible Tiny Origami Robot Folds Itself, Walks, Swims And Self-Destructs

Researchers at ICRA 2015 held in Seattle, demonstrated a self-folding miniature origami robot that walks, swims, and self-destructs.  The researchers from MIT developed the robot, which is driven by magnetic fields that allow it to maneuver itself around land or water.

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It’s made of a magnet and PVC that is inserted between laser-cut structural layers (polystyrene or paper). What’s even crazier is that the polystyrene model robot dissolves in acetone. Just check out the video for yourself. According to Spectrum, it is the first time a robot has been capable of demonstrating a complete life cycle in this way.

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