Video: Origami-Inspired Robot Transforms From Flat to 3-D in Minutes

The origins of origami trace back to the sixth century, when intricately folded paper was first used for ceremonial occasions in Japan. Now, over 1,500 years later, engineers are revisiting the ancient art form with a modern twist: A team of researchers from Harvard and MIT have just unveiled a paper robot that can autonomously fold to transform itself into a functioning machine and walk away within 4 minutes.

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