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New Technique For Mass-Producing Microbots Inspired By Origami 28

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...


    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.

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