The MIT SEG: An Origami-Inspired Segway Robot

Ankur Mehta   – Joseph DelPreto   – Benjamin Shaya   – Lindsay Sanneman   – Daniela Rus 

MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

The robot's design is based upon the idea of foldable robots - the 3D robot is made from a patterned 2D sheet, which is folded and then equipped with actuation mechanisms and electronics.  This allows the robot to be created quickly at low cost and assembled easily, providing a platform on which students can experiment and learn about robots.
The original MIT SEG was proposed in the AFRON 2012 design challenge, and the original submission can be seen here:  
For the AFRON 2013 design challenge, improvements have been made to the SEG's hardware in order to use a standard low-cost computing platform and make it more robust and adaptable, allowing for the easy addition of new sensors or other accessories.  The software has also been overhauled to make it more accessible to first-time programmers and easy to use for any robot enthusiasts.  Finally, a curriculum has been developed which teaches students the basics of behaviors and Finite State Machines while guiding them to implement these concepts on the SEG.
To read more about these improvements of the hardware, software, and curriculum, please select a category from the left or choose one of the following: