Ever wondered what a walking robot origami looks like? Or what do you have to do in order to create one? Well, it seems that a couple of researchers from Shanghai University have found the answer to these questions.
With the aid of modern techniques, the team of researchers actually managed to create a special grapheme paper, cable of walking on its own. To put it fairly, it’s not actual walking. When exposed to different sources of laser light, the piece of paper begins to twitch and to turn.
When exposed to laser light, the piece of grapheme displays twitching motions similar to the contraction of muscles. The special paper was created by the team of researchers using a combo of graphene and polymers. After combining the two elements the result is this special paper caller graphene oxide. Moreover, the graphene oxide just loves water and is capable of sucking dry every water source it can find.
So, here it goes. How does it work? Because the material itself is hydrophilic, the body of the paper will always be filled with water. When the graphene oxide is hit by a laser or by an infrared light, the water inside it begins to evaporate. As the water leaves the body of the paper, it begins to display movement.
According to the team of Chinese researchers, the design of the graphene oxide was based on the long forgotten art of origami. Moreover, this form of art not only inspired this paper design but also contributed to other advances in the fields of architecture and not to mention robotics.
All of data gathered on the subjected has been put in a report that was published in Scientific Advances. The graphene paper is part of a larger group of item name self-folding structures.
Why are there structures so important to robotics? One of the researchers said that the reason why this is considered to be a major breakthrough in robotics is because the material itself can actually be programmed to perform certain actions or movements. Moreover, the material can be made to such things without having to be manipulated by external stimuli.
The walking robot origami can twitch, it can do turn and can even fold when subjected to the right light intensity.
Those who are behind the project hope that in the nearby future, this paper will be used to fashion advanced prosthetics or to actually create artificial muscles.