Origami-Inspired Robot Crawls Like an Earthworm

Engineers at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign used origami paper folding principles and bio-inspired design to create a new crawling robot. "The robot uses origami building blocks to mimic the gait and metameric properties of earthworms and directional material design to mimic the function of the setae on earthworms that prevents backward slipping," says assistant professor Aimy Wissa.To learn more about the crawler, read a Tech Briefs Q&A with Aimy Wissa.