Kamigami

Eight models of Kamigami robot animals including a grasshopper, scorpion, ladybug and more.
Pick your favorite Kamigami! Photo: Dash Robotics

Kamigami are app-controlled, build-it-yourself robot kits that mimic the way real creatures move in nature. They are fast and fun to drive.

Creator

Dash Robotics

Year
2015
Country
United States 🇺🇸
Categories
Features
A spinning view of a small ladybug shaped robot composed of sheets folded together and held by rivets. It has 6 bent flipper legs.
Interactive
See a 360° view of Kamigami. Photos: Randi Klett/IEEE Spectrum

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Overall Rating

Average Rating: 3.7 stars (4,700 ratings)

Current Ranking: #179 top rated

Would you want this robot?

69% said yes (4,802 ratings)

Current Ranking: #162 most wanted

Appearance

Neutral

Most rated "Somewhat Friendly" (10,926 ratings)

Current Ranking: #93 creepiest

Did you know?

Kamigami means "spirit paper" in Japanese.

All of the pieces that go into making the ladybug kamigami.
The robots can be pieced together without tools. Just fold and snap! Photo: Dash Robotics
Top and bottom views of a small ladybug shaped robot composed of sheets folded together and held by rivets. It has 6 bent flipper legs.
Ladybug on top. Robot below. Photo: Dash Robotics
Introducing Kamigami robots. Video: Kamigami

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More Images

Two kids operate small animal like robots with tablets.
Cool outfits not included. Photo: Dash Robotics
A model of the robot that looks like a dinosaur and has wheeled feet.
The Jurassic version is bipedal and runs like a dinosaur. Photo: Dash Robotics

Specs

Overview

Lightweight and durable. Folds together from flat sheets. Biomimetic movements inspired by real animals.

Status

Discontinued

Year

2015

Website
Width
10 cm
Height
10 cm
Length
13 cm
Weight
0.04 kg
Speed
4.38 km/h
Sensors

Infrared, accelerometer, gyroscope

Actuators

Brushed DC motors

Materials

Proprietary nylon/plastic foldable sheet material

Compute

Nordic Semiconductor ultra-low-power system on a chip

Software

Custom software; Android and iOS app

Power

Lithium-ion battery, 60 minutes of operation

Cost
$50