Scientists make cheap, fast self-assembling robots

WASHINGTON (AP) — Researchers have created complex robots that transform themselves from little more than a sheet of paper and plastic into walking machines. Experts say this may be the birth of cheap, easy-to-make robots.

Borrowing from the ancient Japanese art of origami, with a touch of the "Transformers" movies and children's toys, scientists and engineers at Harvard and MIT created self-assembling, paper robots.

Harvard robotics researcher and study lead author Sam Felton said the robots are made out of materials that cost about $100 and came from hobby shops.

Experts say this small lightweight type of robot would be good to explore outer space and other dangerous environments, and get into cramped places for search and rescues.

The study is published Thursday in the journal Science.

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