The End Nears: Self-Assembling Origami Robots

August 9, 2014


Scientits (not changing it) have developed origami robots capable of autonomously self assembling and roaming around. God willing, these scientits will be the first to be enslaved by our new robotic overlords. Me? They're not taking me alive. Who wants to drink the Kool-Aid with me?! Anybody? What if I told you it was Sunny-D?

Footage from the researchers' laboratory shows a sheet of paper and plastic mounted with batteries and motors that folds itself into a working machine without human intervention and then scuttles out of shot.

The flat-pack robot uses "shape memory polymers" that contract like muscles when they are heated. The robot takes about four minutes to assemble from scratch and can walk at a speed of around 5cm per second.

...the robot could pave the wave for flat-packed machines for use in space or in hazardous environments on Earth where they can be put into confined spaces and left to assemble themselves.

I vote everyone involved with the project gets a free self-assembling robot jammed up their keister. Maybe a little Transformer roaming around your colon will finally put the reality of a robot apocalypse into perspective. "YOU WERE RIGHT, GW, PLEASE -- JUST GET IT OUT." Haha, no can do -- it'll let itself out once it reaches maturity. "What do you mean?" Well, remember that chestburster scene in aliens?

Keep going for a video of the transforming and scuttling out in action.

Thanks to John Connor (nice!), AliceinEndor, Dan, rainbowsaurus, el Deco, (No Sender), danimalpharm, Thaylor H and Jamie M, who agree

  • The_Wretched

    It looks cute!

  • psychological Analysis of GWs writings:
    a) talking to himself and answering himself
    b)fear of robots taking over the world
    c)making absurd synapses in text including bottoms
    latent paranoid schizophreniac stuck in an anal phase
    but i have to add his writing is addictive like coffee and original as hell,
    i like it, so he functions well and is not crazy..maybe a bit
    he really should write for a magazine maybe complex by ecko
    (this service is free of charge)

  • aldenscott

    Could it be any slower? Could it possibly use bigger batteries? Isn't origami supposed to look like something? (Not saying I could do better, but STILL...)

  • zin

    When will you learn, we need scientits on OUR side, not serving to enhance robot overlords. Besides, robots have no use of tits.
    That's barely walking anyway, it can barely be called shuffling.

    Re:SirGroucho, that's still for human benefits.

  • Brendan Hampshire

    Interesting that it required enough heat to leave scorch marks on the surface where it did it's self amenity stuff.

  • Jordan Doll

    Oh god! It's slowly shambling toward us-- Oop, nm. Breeze got it.

  • reminds me of those little squeaking hobbling puppies i had when i was a young lad.
    hobble..squeak squeak...hobble.. squeak squeak.

  • DeathBotGamma

    Kinda reminds of the Tin Selleck movie Runaway. Except a little cheesier.

  • Frédéric Purenne

    Self-assembly my ass, the batteries and wires didn't get there by themself. This is like a car where you switch the functionnal wheels by fish-out-of-the-water-flapping pieces of paper.

  • Vladplaya

    Well that was kinda unimpressive.

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