Watch this origami robot fold itself up, walk, swim, and dissolves


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#2

This is even cooler than the other one! Or maybe it is exactly as cool…


#3

What is the point of dissolving in acetone?


#4

Why does this look so much like stop motion animation. It reminds me of all the Gumby cartoons I watched as a kid.


#5

O_O what the


#6

Because it is! Well, except for the parts labeled “1X” or “real time”. Ok, it’s technically “time-lapse” but the effect is the same.

It’s biodegradable, so it doesn’t disrupt the delicate ecosystems living in acetone lakes.


#7

Yep. It reminded me of Marcel the Shell With Shoes On.


#8

We call this “fish out of water locomotion.”

For certain specific definitions of we.


#9

[quote=“Tom_Talty, post:3, topic:58637, full:true”]
What is the point of dissolving in acetone?
[/quote]Yeah, I don’t get why that’s a selling point.

This is super cool, but I’d have liked to see some more 1x bits. I know it’s slow, but I’m curious about its gait.


#10

This has amazing possibilities.
How about dumping a bucket of these into a place where there is search and rescue in many situations–them plowing through the pile could bring welcome air and hope. The dudes on water, helping to corral oil. Utilized on a thin sheet of fabric/plastic/whatever they could crawl, spreading it. Think of a spiderweb/fishnet type of material. It could spread film over burns possibly with a lighter touch that a human can. Or over the water–a micro-sized boom as or more effective than the man spread booms to contain oil. Fabulous, oh inventors. Keep brainstorming!


#11

Reminds me of the robots in Seveneves.


#12

Nats! Nats everywhere!


#13

Jan Svankmajer’s gum wrapper in MIT rampage - news at 11


#14

To send us a message that:
(1) It has crossed the uncanny valley and is just like us - it can commit suicide.
or
(2) Big Ori would think it a awful shame if anything nasty happened to us, like, being dissolved in acetone or something.


#15

Good thing it can only rampage when there’s a magnet pushing it around. More like, magnetic track goes on MIT rampage. Makes gum wrapper skitter along a table top.

Sub-headline: Children delighted, elderly confused, top roboticists wring their hands at the impending tyranny of super intelligent tables with magnetic tracks.


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