Robotic Origami is a new concept for reconfigurable systems. The self-folding sheets are constructed from smart materials that embed actuation, computation, communication, and sensing. Embedded actuators are used to self-assemble flat sheets into 3D robots with specified functionality. Creating functional sheets – with applications ranging from manipulation to locomotion – from quasi-2D parts has its engineering challenges in the areas of computation, fabrication, material selection and design. Novel materials that embed joints, sensing, actuation, computation, and connectors need to be developed to fabricate the robotic origami. This Programmable Matter work will appeared in the NY MoMA’s “Talk to Me” exhibition catalog.
The motorized laparoscopic surgical tool is a handheld motorized tool that enables surgeons to suture in addition to the functionality offered by other conventional tools. As a principal engineer for developing a new 3 DoF handheld surgical instrument to give laparoscopic surgeons more dexterity in their procedures, Jamie produced two prototypes that were animal in vivo tested and EU patented and they are now filed with WIOP for an international patent. Currently the product "JAiMY" is waiting for FDA and CE approval and is available to hospitals for testing.