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Robotic Origami Can Be Programmed to Change Shapes

 - Jul 2, 2010
References: msnbc.msn & io9
Harvard scientists have come up with shape-shifting sheets -- programmable matter -- that can self-fold into an origami boat and an origami plane. The robotic origami uses little switches and tiny strips of circuitry to automatically manage the folding process.

Engineers apply an electrical current to the robotic origami and it responds by morphing into a new shape without human intervention. The technology may lead to practical applications where self-assembly or on-demand responsiveness can improve performance and function -- in ultra-precise aircraft wings or solar-sails, for example.