August 8, 2014 | Georgie

I've always admired the art of origami. But whenever I try to make something it never looks right. Now it seems robots might be better at it than me...

Scientists have developed self-assembling origami-inspired robots. They can fold themselves from a flat sheet and are made up of a polymer that contracts when heated, paper and a flexible circuit board.

One use of these robots could be to help with rescue missions in collapsed buildings where there are tight spaces. This is great, but I think they are cool anyway and I definitely want one!


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The origami-inspired robots only take four minutes to assemble themselves.


Image: Harvard's Wyss Institute

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