self assembling robotic lamp

Via DesignBoom:

A team of researchers from the wyss institute for biologically inspired engineering at harvard university, have developed a 3D printed robotic lamp capable of self-assembling. Presented at the IEEE international conference on robotics and automation (ICRA), the proof-of-concept lamp can be printed on demand, folds itself, and includes both a mechanical switch and a capacitive touch sensor. Because the lamp is made of shape-memory polymers, thin layers of copper, and layers of paper and foam, it can go from one state to another with only a slight temperature change. It starts out as a flat sheet and triggered by heat, it folds up into a box.

As they say in Boston:  Wicked cool.  My only comment:  You just know that some installer, somewhere, is still going to screw it up!

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