Miniature origami robot self-folds, walks, swims, blows our minds


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#2

I hope Hiro doesn’t sell out his origami microbot and instead goes to work with that nice Dr. Callaghan.


#3

Ah but can it run like a cheetah? Can you mount a laser on its head?


#4

So this robot is moved around because external electromagnets act upon a magnet in the robot. So if I place a magnet in some foil and move a larger magnet under the table which in turn moves the foil then I’ve made a robot?


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OED: Definition of robot in English:
noun

1A machine capable of carrying out a complex series of actions automatically, especially one programmable by a computer.

By that definition it does seem more of a puppet, doesn’t it. Or “part of a robot” with the unseen magnets surrounding composing the rest.

Very awesome though! Felt bad, though, when they killed it at the end. Bastards!


#6

…and then when you’ve run out of things to do with it, drive it into a tank of acetone and it’ll dissolve. This is the first time that a robot has been able to demonstrate a complete life cycle like this, and eventually, it’ll be doing it inside your body.

This is precisely why I’ve spent the past 15 years sipping gradually larger amounts of acetone!


#7

I saw this same video a few years ago, but back then it was called Marcel the Shell: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VF9-sEbqDvU


#8

I kind of feel like I’ve been rickrolled twice in one day…


#9

ohhh! they told it to jump in the acetone … I thought it had developed self-awareness and had just lost the will to live after all the inane tasks it had been set.
I reminds me of the first brain they tried for Robocop that ripped itself out of its body.


#10

Depends if you can do fine manipulation of the robot’s limbs. If not, no, you’ve only made a snarky comment.


#11

You missed the part where it shows the thumbs up in the acetone. It’ll be back.


#12

before long it will be doing it inside your body

Hopefully I’ll have a chance to consent…


#13

Well, since they can’t do fine manipulation and the article describes that fact that locomotion is reliant on wiggling the off center thing, then I can only assume you are just making a snarky comment.


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