Shape-shifting origami robot
A team at MIT CSAIL has designed a small robot that can completely transform to adapt to different situations. Like many animals adapt their exterior features in order to survive, the robot has various origami-like exoskeletons that it can modify or combine. The cube-shaped robot controls its exoskeletons (plastic sheets that can be folded when heated) via magnets. This way it becomes capable of walking, rolling, sailing, and gliding. After it finishes its task, Primer can shed its “skin” and dissolves the exoskeleton by immersing itself in water.
Today, robots often have a fixed shape to answer a single defined purpose. This metamorphosis-based approach aims to increase the capacities of a unique robot enabling it to adapt to the various situations it meets and execute multiple missions.
Spotted in 2018
- United States