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Artist's concept of the foldable plastic telescope

DARPA has announced planes to use a foldable plastic lens to “break the glass ceiling” of space telescopes. It’s part of the agency’s Membrane Optical Imager for Real-Time Exploitation (MOIRE) program, which aims at replacing conventional glass optics with lightweight polymer membranes that may one day make possible a foldable plastic orbital telescope 20 m (65 ft) wide that will be capable of seeing a medium-sized dog on Earth from 36,000 km (22,000 mi) away.  Read More

The new-and-improved PowerUp 3.0

Early this year we first heard about PowerUp 3.0, a kit that converts an ordinary paper airplane into a powered, smartphone-controlled flying aircraft. Inventor Shai Goitein has made some improvements to the product since then, and recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to finance its large-scale production. At the time of this posting, he's exceeded his funding goal by over 960 percent.  Read More

The Morpher helmet, folded flat as a rather thick pancake

Although it's entirely possible that a bicycle helmet could save your life one day, that still doesn't change the fact that the things take up a lot of space when carried in a bag. The Morpher helmet, however, folds completely flat when not in use.  Read More

The travel-friendly Fender VA acoustic guitars

Taking an acoustic guitar with you when you travel can be a lesson in compromises. You may have to make do with an odd-shaped instrument, a short necked model, or a cheap throw-away that produces poor sound. Wouldn't it be great if you could strap a full-sized Fender to your back, but still be able to meet commercial airline carry on luggage size restrictions? The iconic guitar maker has released two travel dreadnoughts with a Voyage-Air hinge mechanism that allows the instruments to fold in half.  Read More

Foldylock in use on the city streets

If you bike around the city, you know how important a good lock can be. That said, locks can often be a hassle to carry while riding. The Foldylock is designed to address this problem. It folds down small enough to be mounted on the bike frame or tossed into a bag.  Read More

The Stigo folding electric scooter in Paris

After spending five years in development, a new Estonian-designed electric scooter was launched on September 20 at the 1,000 Pionniers event in Paris. The Stigo has a top speed of 25 km/h (15 mph) and a range of up to 40 km (25 miles) per charge, and is folded up and ready to roll in just two seconds.  Read More

The BigFish Line+ E-bike, folded down and ready to tote

The BigFish Line+ E-bike is one of those electric bikes that's designed to make you swoon at the press of a button. One of the stars of the recent Eurobike 2013 show, this bike's button-operated folding system has the bike collapsing in seconds into a compact package that can be pulled in trolley fashion or wheeled around. In fact, it's so portable that it's possible to squeeze two of them into the boot of most standard cars.  Read More

The Kwiggle Bike folds down to a compact package

One of the main goals for anyone designing a folding bike is to make the bike as compact as possible so it's easier to carry and store when not in use. Karstin Bettin from Hannover, Germany has ticked that box with his Kwiggle Bike. Bettin claims the Kwiggle Bike, which is the result of four years of development, is the most compact folding bike in the world.  Read More

The Stealthy in brace/mini tripod mode

If you’re a fairly serious videographer, you may well use a mini tripod, a brace, a camera stabilizing rig, and a monopod. Well, VariZoom’s new Stealthy combines all of those functions in one folding device.  Read More

The Armadillo-T folds up to use less parking space

It’s time for the Hiriko and Casple-Podadera to fold themselves up and make room, as yet another folding electric car has been created. This one, known as the Armadillo-T, comes from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). As with the other two cars, it’s designed to "fold" (sort of) when not in use, in order to minimize the amount of parking space that it occupies.  Read More

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