Soon, making robots will be just as easy as baking a fresh batch of cookies on a pleasant Sunday afternoon, literally. Surprised? Well, you ought to be! Researchers at the MIT, the University of Zurich, and the University of Tokyo has managed to create technology that can be slipped into an oven when raw and pop out as fully-done robots! Here’s how it works. A 2-D laser-cut piece of plastic shaped by an algorithm is to be placed into an oven. As the baking process kicks off, the piece folds out into a 3-D structure.
For now, the researchers are working with simpler robots to perfect the technology. In the future, we could soon have full-fledged robots walking out of ovens once baked! Daniela Rus told MIT News, “We have this big dream of the hardware compiler, where you can specify, ‘I want a robot that will play with my cat,’ or ‘I want a robot that will clean the floor.’”
[Via – Fastcodesign]