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Real Life Transformers a Step Closer to Reality

Posted on 07-01-2010 at 05:27 AM by Sol Fury under Other News
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We're moving a step closer to having real life Transformers among us! The Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) has developed this robot, barely thicker than a sheet of paper. It can only transform into two forms, a boat and a paper plane, at this time, but the hopes are that this can eventually be developed to provide larger scale transforming tools and equipment.

Could real life Transformers be far away - or failing that, masked crusaders, doing overtime, fighting crime? Check out the original report over at the Daily Telegraph online.
Views: 6,360 / Credit: snavej of the 2005 Boards!
Pauly T
Just can just rely on Skynet...
SoundFire Prime
What could possibly go wrong?
Skyjack
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what could possibly go wrong?
transform and fold out!!!
Spin-Out
... We're all gonna die.
doomtron
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... We're all gonna die.
lmao seriously though thats pretty cool. robots that flow like mercury that is terminator creepy
Chevluh
If I have to be killed by a crazy pentagon drone, I damn well expect it to a faithful Optimus Prime replica. Good work, mad scientists, you're on the right track!
Aernaroth
I could have sworn this exact story was published a year or two ago. Guess they've made some huge advances between now and then with the concept.
Dran0n
Oh shit, we're doomed.
DavidLoPan
Rise...Origami Prime.
Kaymac
Either this is real and we are in for some awesome technological advances, or that's just really epic stop motion.
MekaGojira3k
And so began the race we know as The Transformers.
Optimus1986
...Mankind survived only to face a new nightmare...the war against the machines...
Latias Prime
Ooh, I love origami!
TranstechCat
If you really want to tie this to Transformers in a meta-fictional sense:

This just goes to show that if there really were a race of sentient metamorphic machines, they would (like this prototype) be very flexible in every sense of the word. Their abilities would be FAR more like the advanced, fluid transformational abilities of the movie-verse bots*, rather than the blocky stiff G1-style Transformers.

Being tied to one or two alt. modes is a remnant of eighties era ideas of what a "robot" is and would be capable of. These days, in the era of nanotechnology and microscopic circuitry, "robotics" is a whole different animal.

Honestly (and oddly), this just makes me want to see more Transformers with multiple alt.modes.

* = As has been pointed out before, the movie-verse bots not only don't seem to be locked into a particular alt.mode, they don't even have a specific transformation scheme. Their parts shift and move in a completely different way with every transformation, and they seem to be able to "absorb" and "regrow" parts at will. They don't actually "transform" so much as fold and shift their bodies around to mimic the appearance of what they scan.

The natural progression of this is, of course, multiple (potentially unlimited) "alternate modes".

Perhaps not practical from a toy making standpoint, but it would make for some darn interesting (and more realistic) fiction.
Kryptokron
Lmao! It's Papercut from The Incredible Changebots!
Oracle_Aesir
Can its boat mode float on water, or its plane mode fly?
Astrotrain85
Funny.
tf_4_lyf
lol its a triple changer.
I could just imagine how this will turn out: Fear the wrath of the half a millimeter thick aluminum foil-like triple changer decepticon !!!!
Dinobot Snarl
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Originally Posted by TranstechCat View Post
If you really want to tie this to Transformers in a meta-fictional sense:

This just goes to show that if there really were a race of sentient metamorphic machines, they would (like this prototype) be very flexible in every sense of the word. Their abilities would be FAR more like the advanced, fluid transformational abilities of the movie-verse bots*, rather than the blocky stiff G1-style Transformers.

Being tied to one or two alt. modes is a remnant of eighties era ideas of what a "robot" is and would be capable of. These days, in the era of nanotechnology and microscopic circuitry, "robotics" is a whole different animal.

Honestly (and oddly), this just makes me want to see more Transformers with multiple alt.modes.

* = As has been pointed out before, the movie-verse bots not only don't seem to be locked into a particular alt.mode, they don't even have a specific transformation scheme. Their parts shift and move in a completely different way with every transformation, and they seem to be able to "absorb" and "regrow" parts at will. They don't actually "transform" so much as fold and shift their bodies around to mimic the appearance of what they scan.

The natural progression of this is, of course, multiple (potentially unlimited) "alternate modes".

Perhaps not practical from a toy making standpoint, but it would make for some darn interesting (and more realistic) fiction.
I disagree, the limitations make them interesting. In the same way that a Terminator (from Terminators) was more interesting when it was confined to one shape instead of anything T1000. For Transformers lore I absolutely hope that, that idea is never even considered. Maybe it would be interesting for ONE transformer in a series, or better yet something not called Transformers. Limitations and working within a set boundries is what makes the lore interesting.
evil ivotron
by the great folds of the matrix, what have we done.......
Spiderus Prime
mikeyfuzz
Yup, we're screwed
astig
very impressive stop motion
jestermon
I was going to say is this stop motion or real?

If it is real doest it mean that years from now instead of a spray tan I can have a spray car? with Spray driver?
Rampage01
I for one welcome our new origami overlords.

In all seriousness, that's pretty neat. It'll be interesting to see how the progression of this technology unfolds.
Taziir
Real life triple changer nice!
tarZen
Erm, the trailer for my Armada Prime can do that.
Shizuka
People don't learn seriously. Just stop this development, it won't end well. And that's not me being paranoid from too much sci-fi. Eventually the will create Robots with AI and then...
axiom
Odd, I reported this over a year ago and it never made the front page.
http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/transf...ttlefield.html
blackout501st
WELL DUH! that little peace of paper is already a transformer! hes a robot in disguise! of course there not going to reveal pictures of his robot mode! that would totally blow his cover!
ANDROID PRIME
1... 2... 3.... paper beats humanity
Tigertrack
"But it is anticipated that in future it will be used to create full-sized cars and aircraft that morph as they move, or robots that can "flow" like mercury into small openings, or multipurpose military uniforms that can adapt to different environments."

Hmmmmm, I'm thinking T2! Forgot the exact "serial number" of that liquid-metal dude, but this is pretty cool. Anybody else concerned about something similar to Skynet being created?
Bgrngod
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Odd, I reported this over a year ago and it never made the front page.
http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/transf...ttlefield.html
Yeah, but this thread has a fun video to watch
Railguard
Well along with this the military have commisioned a vehilce that IS armed, has ai, is 6 wheeled and can go out into the field do its job and come back for fuel and ammo then go back into the field. Ok maybe its more like a terminator but its here now.
knightmare6
You know somewhere out there someone is developing the shapeshifting rock and scissor to counter the paper!
replica
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transform and fold out!!!
good line. i think a real transformer would have to be made partially out of stuff like that and partially out of normal stuff for wheels and such like. and thats without going into the whole "animate robot" thing.

Edit:wait, couldnt you make a cube out of that stuff?!? all spark cube is i quote "responsible for creating cybertron and the transformers". this could possibly be an early step towards real transformers.thus, all spark cube(or at least the net of an all spark cube.
TRANS+CRAZY
Meh... call me when they actually build giant transforming robots.
MegaMoonMan
Kinda silly loading it with magnets like that - all you need to do to make it fail is put it on some metal.
boxorak
Interesting...but unless it sounds like a robotic Frank welker, I'm not impressed.
SteadyMobin
man please...A damn paper airplane and a Mayflower dont add up to a missile launching, rapid fire, damn near bullet proof Transformer.
GigatronSama
See this is the first step. Now we need to get them to combine, and we'll be ready when the aliens invade. Also they may need to build a power supply that can run on hot bloodedness and manly spirit.
thygriever
If anyone has read the comic "The Incredible Change Bots", which is incredibly awesome and a spoof of transformers, the ultimate weapon of the evil scientist was a transforming origami that killed a guy and evaded all the robot's blasters lol. So much resemblance!
Murasame
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Originally Posted by knightmare6 View Post
You know somewhere out there someone is developing the shapeshifting rock and scissor to counter the paper!
Takeout
That's what they say, but I bet that they're actually using a giant cube-shaped alien artifact to give life to technology.
snavej
This kind of Transformer could be delivered in the mail, like anthrax, but could it survive the journey?!
GBglide
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Yeah, but this thread has a fun video to watch
And that is why humanity will truly fall....
pikaprime12511
the paper-formers, papers in disguise! no but seroiusly, thats pretty cool! hopefully hasbro will hire a bunch chinese-stealling robbers to steal this technoligy, just imagine the new toys!
Tigertrack
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This kind of Transformer could be delivered in the mail, like anthrax, but could it survive the journey?!
Only if the box has a billion "Fragile" labels on it.
bignick1693
when i become a robotic engineer i shall make a real tf out of something like this and call it (something) then add prime to the end.

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