Quote:Flying objects can achieve forward thrust in a few ways, but here’s a unique new one: Flipping inside out to move forward.Read more: popsci.com
It’s a six-sided articulated ring of prisms that attaches to a cube, and when it’s unleashed, it can start folding into new geometric shapes. As it turns itself inside out, it moves forward. This property of kinematics is called inversion.
Designers at Festo, also known for their nature-inspired robots, are now sponsoring a competition for students to figure out some practical uses for this thing.
So is that cool or what?