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A presentation at this week's IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Germany showed off a self-assembling printed robot. As the video below shows, the printed robot can self-assemble using the “shape memory” characteristics of the polymers in its construction. The result is something that starts flat and – …

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May I be the first to welcome our self-assembling robotic overlords.

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This is it

We're all about to be harvested for our electricity.

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Ninja business cards

Once placed in a back pocket this card waits until it detects you driving over 60mph then assembles and bites your ass.

Of course it also changes the name on the card to that of a rival assassin thereby shifting the blame for the crash.

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Coat

Re: Ninja business cards

My donkey can't gallop that fast no matter how hard I drive it.

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Happy

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'ear 'ear, me ole china. Those bloody septics are gettin' everywhere!

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Anyone else underwhelmed by the video?

Sounded neat in the text, but the video seemed extremely unimpressive to me. For cool molecular-level self-assembly, look up TMV (not Z!).

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Re: Anyone else underwhelmed by the video?

Well you've got to start somewhere.

Conquering robot armies aren't built in a day you know!

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"Conquering robot armies aren't built in a day you know!"

Apparently they cannot even get down the alley in a day too!

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Terminator

I'll be back.

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I'll be back....

inches away, slowly...

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Re: I'll be back....

yes, and the first flying contraption by those f..wits Wright brothers was supersonic and remotely controlled and capable of delivering a "payload" half a world away.

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Happy

Snarls menecingly "I'm coming for you, boy"

Very slowly.

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Early days yet...

"... with just a little human intervention to add the battery and motor ..."

Not forgetting a little human intervention to position the folding strips, attach power supplies sequentially, turn it over...

It's certainly an interesting way of assembling things, and I know it's a prototype, but to call it a self-assembling robot is a bit like saying our local motor parts shop sells self-assembling vehicles.

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Disposable UAV

Is the only real use of a pack flat self assembling robot I can think of, so I guess they'll do fine.

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Soon, fleshy ones...

... soon!

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It's no iron giant.

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IKEA furniture bot

Open box

Plug in

Wait for motion to stop

Rotate interlocks

Unplug

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Re: IKEA furniture bot

There will still be a funny-looking bolt thingy left over.

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It't a long way

towards the selfcollecting robot in the film "Hardware" but we have begun our journey. Be advised!

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