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Robots inspired by origami fold themselves into action

8 August 2014 Last updated at 09:48 BST

Engineers at Harvard University have created a robot that unfolds itself from a flat sheet and is able to crawl.

They say their design, inspired by the Japanese art of origami, could be used to create devices that self-assemble in confined spaces.

The BBC's Victoria Gill reports.

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