Now, if only my new car could arrive the same way!
On a more serious note, the possibilities (outside of an accepted military use) are governed only by the limitation of man's ability to imagine... and when combined with nanotechnology who knows where this will take us.
A team of researchers from Harvard and MIT have developed a new kind of robot – one that’s capable of autonomously folding itself up into particular functional shapes and then going about its tasks. “Getting a robot to assemble itself autonomously and actually perform a function has been a milestone we’ve been chasing for many years,” researcher Robert J. Wood said in a press release. The researchers found their inspiration from both nature and art. Part of the inspiration for these robots is origami, where a single flat piece of paper can be folded into a variety of different and functional shapes. They were also inspired by self-assembly in the natural world, such as how chains of amino acids form complex protein shapes, or the way a flower naturally opens up.