Engineers Create Self-Folding Origami Using Plastic and Light-Sensitive Ink

Between self-driving cars and self-lacing Nikes, humans barely have to do anything for themselves anymore.Engineers from North Carolina State University made self-folding origami by cleverly combining a heat-shrinking plastic and light-absorbing ink, which respond differently to different colors of light, according to paper published in Sciences Advances. Scientists were able to control the sequence the sheets folded by flashing the colored lights in a specific order.

These developments could pave the way for less invasive medical procedures, smart packaging, and self-assembling solar panels on satellites.

 

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