Examine how principles of origami are being used to design small-scale devices such as miniature drones and microrobots, and learn about potential applications for these technologies, in this video from NOVA: The Origami Revolution. In Harvard’s Microrobotics Lab, students are learning how to build robots by folding and cutting flat sheets of cardboard and plastic. Using a single sheet of material instead of assembling hundreds of components greatly simplifies construction—to the extent that robots the size of an insect or smaller can now be designed to assemble when heated. Microrobotics research has produced a range of devices that could be used in surveillance, monitoring crops and weather, disaster-relief efforts, and more. This resource is part of the NOVA Collection.
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