Origami stroller folds up with the push of a button
By Ben Coxworth
November 29, 2011
Appropriately enough called the Origami, the new baby product from 4moms is billed as "the world's first power-folding stroller." This means that it will fold itself down into a compact car-trunkable bundle, at the press of a button - another press gets it to open back up again. Evidently, however, that one feature just isn't enough. It also has running lights and headlights, plus it will charge your cell phone. There's no word yet on whether or not in can perform diaper changes.
First of all ... no, it cannot fold itself up with a baby still inside. A sensor in the seat is included to keep that from happening. Also, a ring must be turned before the activation button can be pressed, to minimize the likelihood of accidentally-triggered foldings. Additionally, the folding process will pause if an obstruction is detected.
The aluminum-framed stroller's lithium-polymer battery pack can be charged from a wall outlet, although a built-in wheel-mounted generator will reportedly keep it fully charged, too. Should that battery still manage to be dead when folding or unfolding is required, parents can stoop to performing the process manually.
The Origami also features a handlebar-mounted LCD screen. This displays data such as battery level, trip meter, speedometer (really?) and temperature, plus it confirms that the seat sensor is active and registering the presence of the baby. Other fanciness includes four-wheel independent suspension, four cup holders, and the optional device-charging USB cable.
All of this doesn't come cheap, however. If you want an Origami of your own, be prepared to part with US$850. At that price, you'd better plan on getting your money's worth, by having at least two or three kids.
The buggy can be pre-ordered via the 4moms webstore, with shipping scheduled to begin on January 6th. Its Transformer-like folding prowess can be witnessed in the video below.
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