We report a soft origami robot driven by electricity. Under AC voltage, the robot vibrates and propels forward. Because it is cheap, light, and easy to make, we hope it offers a potential solution for space and/or swarm robots.

The team involved researchers from NUS and A*STAR Institute of High Performance Computing.

Photo and video credit to Dr Zhu Jian’s lab. More info.

A soft active origami robot. Credit: NUS