This image depicts a profile view of the self-folding crawling robot in three stages. (Seth Kroll, Wyss Institute)
This is the self-folding crawling robot in three stages. (Seth Kroll, Wyss Institute)
Jesse Silverberg et al. used origami-based engineering to design a lightweight, ultra-tough material with tunable properties. Their inspiration was a specific type of zigzag origami fold that has previously been used to efficiently pack solar panels for space missions. (Jesse Silverberg, Arthur Evans, Lauren McLeod, Ryan Hayward, Thomas Hull, Christian Santangelo, Itai Cohen)
Inspired by the traditional Japanese art form of Origami or "folding paper," researchers have developed a way to coax flat sheets of composite materials to self-fold into complex robots that crawl and turn. "We demonstrated this process by building a robot that folds itself and walks away without human assistance..."