The self-folding robot, seen here in three stages, could explore outer space and other dangerous environments.
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In what may be the birth of cheap, easy-to-make robots, researchers have created complex machines that transform themselves from little more than a sheet of paper and plastic into walking automatons.Borrowing from the ancient Japanese art of origami, children's toys and even a touch of the "Transformers" movies, scientists and engineers at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology created self-assembling, paper robots. It transforms from flat paper to jitterbugging four-legged robot in just four minutes.The robots themselves start out a bit smaller than a normal sheet of paper.The robots, which the researchers did not name, are about 15 centimeters long, 15 centimeters wide, and about 5 centimeters tall.
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