Watch this robot build itself using origami
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The future of origami could be a lot more complicated than the paper-folding techniques of today. Rather than paper, researchers are starting to apply origami’s principles to robotics: instead of putting a robot together piece by piece through some complicated assembly process, researchers at Harvard and MIT have been building a robot that, like origami, just needs to be folded together from a single sheet and can do all of the folding on its own. Their robot begins as a flat sheet with some embedded electronics in it, and once activated, it takes about four minutes for to self-fold into a weird kind of crab-shape and start crawling away. The researchers are describing the robot today in a paper published in Science.