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MIT Wants You To Print Your Own Paper Robots 34

MrSeb writes "According to researchers at MIT and the University of Pennsylvania, one day in the not too distant future you'll be able to design, print and build your own robot. 'Our vision is to develop an end-to-end process; specifically, a compiler for building physical machines that starts with a high level of specification of function, and delivers a programmable machine for that function using simple printing processes,' MIT Professor Daniela Rus says. The team points to the high expense currently to design and produce functioning robots. By simplifying the process, it would bring robotics to a much wider audience. With an automated process, more time could be spent on teaching the intricacies of robotics or getting to the task at hand rather than the laborious process of building the robot itself. Two paper prototypes have been built so far: an insect-like robot for exploring dangerous areas, and a gripper device for the handicapped."
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MIT Wants You To Print Your Own Paper Robots

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  • Man (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Osgeld ( 1900440 ) on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @07:46PM (#39579689)

    MIT has been announcing some rather "dreamy" ideas recently

    paper robots
    self sculpting sand
    See though 3D computers
    No more Disabilities in 50 years (so yea everyone with a disability now will magicly vanish in 50 years, right?)

    just to name a few, has anyone there actually tried this stuff? Almost all of it starts with "our vision", starting to sound like a junk patent mill to me

    • Re:Man (Score:5, Funny)

      by Charliemopps ( 1157495 ) on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @07:50PM (#39579729)
      "No more Disabilities in 50 years (so yea everyone with a disability now will magicly vanish in 50 years, right?)" <-- The Germans almost pulled this off in the 1940's
    • by Anonymous Coward

      It's what young kids in school do. Always has been.

      Some of the ideas will pan out, most will not.

      • by Osgeld ( 1900440 )

        These are not young kids, they are functional adults going to one of the best technical universities in the world

    • No more Disabilities in 50 years

      If you limited it to physical disabilities and mostly in first world countries, I could see that. Even if you still consider someone with say, a permanently attached prosthetic arm which is equal to or greater than a human one by any conceivable metric still "disabled," 50 years is in the realm of just cloning a new one and grafting it on.

  • MIT also took over the Android app maker program. They're taking over!
  • Sounds awesome. I want it.

  • So all you'd need is a bunch of super industrial robot printers and a robot maintenance infrastructure to supply ingredients to run major mining on the moon or mars. Advanced concepts boiled down to bare core like software programming that's built on infrastructure like printable robots on an industrial scale is really a leap forward. Congrats to MIT for the concept; next step is contests so programmers can compete for best in show for best robot printers and best robot printing applications.
  • When I first read, in my mind, I wanted to see a laser printer that uses conductive toner to create entire circuits on the paper itself. The image they show doesn't looking like it is saving much. It is simply a program for origami. That's there dreams? Really?
  • by Anonymous Coward

    another disposable commodity? Robots are cool but I value forests as well.

  • ... compared to printable pets [economist.com], available soon from GeneDupe!
  • by Anonymous Coward

    At least when the robots rise up against humanity, we'll be easily able to put down the revolt with our own arsenal of scissors.

    Unless the robots are able to use their own mastery over rocks as a weapon, because that would defeat our scissors.

At work, the authority of a person is inversely proportional to the number of pens that person is carrying.