Engineers working at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have managed, once again, to leave all attendees at the IEEE Conference on Robotics and Automation in Seattle open-mouthed. The illustrious minds have proven that MIT’s tiny origami robot can perform medical wonders.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Conference in Seattle has given us new and optimistic prospects for the future as the illustrious minds of MIT have introduced the world to their latest project: the tiny origami robot which can perform even medical wonders. The minuscule bot weighs less than a gram and it is made up of magnet and pieces of PVC glued between layers of polystyrene or paper. When the PVC heats itself, the patch of paper gradually folds itself until it becomes but a tiny bug. Tiny, tiny, but mighty, we might add after viewing what the origami robot is capable of.
Impartial scientists working at MIT’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory wanted to make sure that their newly invented superbug is really capable of carrying through the most difficult tasks possible. They have, therefore programmed the Nano robot to move around following a given trajectory, to push small objects on a table, to carry loads and to dig under heaps of artificial snow.
All of these tasks were successfully accomplished, but MIT’s developers thought they could come up with new challenging tasks for the mini-robot. And they did. The origami bot was placed in a water-filled tank and just as scientists were about to celebrate the long-sought death of the Nano-bug, the robot reappeared on the water’s surface.
MIT vows that this is the worse bug people have ever dealt with. However, there is still a chance: the origami PVC-based robot will self-destruct itself in acetone once the mission is over.
The Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory is renowned for the courageous projects that they have developed in the past years. After recently programming their robot Cheetah to jump over obstacles, MIT revolutionizes the Nano technology world by introducing the first origami robot.
Although there may be many spy-related uses that the tiny bug inspires, experts are set to dedicate their small prototype to far better and nobler causes. Researchers intend to program the robot to perform medical tasks by swimming through the human body in search for injuries they can repair. Once the mission is over, the origami robot will self-destruct.
Thanks to the new Nano technology, medical experts can cure patients by operating directly on the affected cells. Cancer treatments, for instance, require such precise technology in order to remove ill cells without affecting healthy tissues, one of the many causes reducing chemotherapy’s effectiveness.
Take a look at some of the tricks that MIT’s origami robot can perform in the video below.
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