Date Published: May 29, 2015
As anyone that has seen Terminator or The Matrix will know, robots will eventually take over the world and rule us as their squishy, human slaves. Usually, the only way to stop them is to fight back – but researchers at MIT have gone one step further, in developing a robot that destroys itself at the end of its task.
This little origami robot is made from PVC, and when placed on a heating element, folds itself around a magnet without any need for cables or wires. The robot can “walk” – it looks more like jittering forward on asymmetric legs – carry objects as much as double its weight like a tiny robotic Hulk, and even swim through water.