This is probably the weirdest robot you have ever seen. MIT have been working hard on something that looks like a discarded gum wrapper which comes alive and shambles around the place thanks to … magnets? It does seem like is has a species of spooky life force coursing through it’s screwed up piece of foil body. It seems more alive than many people I have worked with. Seriously, look at this guy running around achieving. And maybe ask yourself “What did I do today?”. There is real drama here. All that is missing is a soundtrack of Jackety Sax. Watch. I won’t tell you what happens in the end but it is something of a tearjerker.
“An Untethered Miniature Origami Robot that Self-folds, Walks, Swims, and Degrades,” by Shuhei Miyashita, Steven Guitron, Marvin Ludersdorfer, Cynthia R. Sung, and Daniela Rus from MIT and TU Munich, was presented at ICRA 2015 in Seattle.