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New Technique For Mass-Producing Microbots Inspired By Origami 28

Posted by samzenpus
from the here's-your-fold-bot dept.
Zothecula writes "Inspired by origami and children's pop-up books, Harvard engineers have pioneered a means of mass-producing bee-sized flying microrobots. The breakthrough mechanizes the already state-of-the art process of making Harvard's Mobee robots by hand, by mass producing flat assemblies by the sheet which can be folded and assembled in a single movement. The technique, which cunningly exploits existing machinery for making printed circuit boards, can theoretically be applied to a multitude of electromechanical machines."
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New Technique For Mass-Producing Microbots Inspired By Origami

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  • by Whibla (210729) on Friday February 17, 2012 @08:17AM (#39072691)

    An excellent video (and I do not use the term lightly) showing animations and video footage of the assembly of the Mobee...

    echo^^

    Harvard has filed numerous patent applications associated with the process, and is working with business to "identify disruptive applications in a range of industries."

    While I'm sure there will be anti-patent people saying that since the process is "Inspired by origami and children's pop-up books" there's nothing novel or original in it, and prior art should invalidate their patents, for once I'm not sure I agree. I watched the video, and was inspired. Disruptive applications doesn't say the half of it!

  • Re:Bullshit ? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by mcgrew (92797) * on Friday February 17, 2012 @11:31AM (#39074679) Homepage Journal

    Please don't feed the trolls.

Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it. -- Perlis's Programming Proverb #58, SIGPLAN Notices, Sept. 1982

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