Tiny Triangular 'Mori' is a Modular and Origami Robot in One

Researchers from EPFL's Reconfigurable Robotics Lab have created a 'modular origami robot' called Mori. They say Mori is the first example of a robot that combines the concepts behind both origami robots and reconfigurable, modular robots. Origami robotics utilizes folding of thin structures to produce single robots that can change their shape, while modular robotics uses large numbers of individual entities to reconfigure the overall shape and address diverse tasks. The Mori prototype features individual modules that have a triangular structure with dimensions of just 6-mm thickness, 70-mm width, and 26-g weight. Contained within this small structure are actuators, sensors, and an on-board controller; the only external input required for full functionality is a power source.