Monday, November 10, 2014

MIT’s Crazy Materials Could Make for Self-Assembling Ikea Furniture

the Self-Assembly Lab focuses on making things that can, well, self-assemble. It has created a series of small wood planks, for instance, that fold into a toy elephants when exposed to moisture. Tibbets and collaborators Christophe Guberan and Erik Demaine are working on clothing that could morph in response to the weather. In the future, the Lab's research could make way for Ikea furniture that assembles itself with a splash of water—no Allen wrench required.


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