Robotic Bees That Fold Like Origami May Change The Face Of Manufacturing
Harvard University engineers have developed a technique for quickly fabricating and assembling tiny and complex devices.
Harvard University engineers have created robotic bees that fold in using a technique inspired by pop-up books and origami. The Harvard Monolithic Bee (Mobee) is designed to be mass-produced by the sheet and can be assembled quickly and easily.
This new layering and folding process could have applications in a range of electromechanical devices including high-power switching and optical systems. One Mobee is approximately the size of a U.S. quarter and dozens of these microrobots could be rapidly fabricated on a single sheet.