From flat-packed to self-folding, Harvard graduate student Samuel Felton was inspired by origami when he created a laser-cut robot that could assemble itself and autonomously scurry away. The basic ingredients: two motors, two batteries, a microcontroller, and a mix of paper layers that includes Shrinky Dink plastic and a flexible circuit board.

The project is a collaboration between Harvard’s Felton, Michael Tolley, and Rob Wood, with MIT’s Daniela Rus and Erik Demaine. Watch Felton and Wood explain the robot in detail:

All pre-programmed, with no people needed on site, where would you send a self-folding robot?

via The New York Times.