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Inspired by origami and children's pop-up books, Harvard engineers have pioneered a means ...

Inspired by origami and children's pop-up books, Harvard engineers have pioneered a means of mass-producing bee-sized flying microrobots. The breakthrough mechanizes the already state-of-the art process of making Harvard's Mobee robots by hand, by mass producing flat assemblies by the sheet which can be folded and assembled in a single movement. The technique, which cunningly exploits existing machinery for making printed circuit boards, can theoretically be applied to a multitude of electromechanical machines.  Read More

The Origami is a stroller that automatically folds itself up, with the push of a button

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.  Read More

The Digital Origami Emergency Shelter was inspired by a single water molecule and is made ...

Australian architecture firm LAVA exhibited its inhabitable "Origami Cave" as part of The Emergency Shelter exhibition, which was held in Sydney earlier this month. The exhibition featured architects from around the globe including Ateliers Jean Nouvel, PTW Architects, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, Cox, Koichi Takada Architects, Sou Fujimoto and Terunobu Fujimori. Each architect was asked to create a shelter that would not only protect people from the elements during an emergency situation, but would also provide a space that was secure and comfortable in the aftermath of a disaster.  Read More

4 Moms Origami stroller is self-folding, has an in-built generator and an LCD display

When did baby strollers get so high-tech? The Origami stroller power-folds itself open and shut at the touch of a button and has a built-in generator that charges the battery with every step you take. You can even choose to add options like powered speakers for your MP3 player, daytime running lights, or an adapter to charge your mobile phone. You want more features? Well read on…  Read More

Je Sung Park's clever concept design makes the upgrade process both inexpensive and guilt-...

In a world where concern for the environment is high on the agenda, it was only a matter of time before the laptop got a green makeover. Outstripping even the Bamboo notebook in eco-friendly credentials, designer Je Sung Park has pushed the concept to its limit and opened our eyes to the laptop of the future: a recyclable paper design.  Read More

Robert Lang's Origami art

Robert Lang laughs in the face of your paper crane. This former NASA engineer and Ph.D in Physics has spent the last seven years as a professional Origami expert after using computer algorithms and ridiculous folding skills to come up with some of the most mind-bending paper art we've ever seen. One sheet of uncut paper in Lang's hands can become a beetle, a dinosaur, an elk or an organist sitting at a keyboard. Using his freeware computer software, he can show you how to make just about anything you like. And through his theories on the mathematics of folding, he has come to find himself consulting on a range of fascinating projects that extend the art into practical and industrial uses - his advanced techniques have been used to pack automobile airbags and even fold up the lens of a space telescope for transport and deployment. Amazing stuff.  Read More

CraftRobo Desktop Cutter enables four colour origami and complex stickers

August 4, 2005 We are VERY excited about this machine and the prospects for what the future holds in the general area of desktop production. The CraftRobo is a desktop cutting machine which when used in conjunction with your desktop printer can produce remarkable colourful three dimensional objects or complex stickers. The CraftRobo also has a kiss-cut (half-cut) function so you can cut around stickers and decals on vinyl while leaving them attached to the carrier sheet, or cut fully through paper or card to produce cut-out designs, or produce fold marks. There’s ROBO Master (windows) software and a Cutting Master ROBO Adobe Illustrator plug-in so you can make up your very own designs or you can download from an extensive library of designs and make your own four-colour origami. Maximum cutting size of the media is 200 mm x 1000 mm (7.9 inch x 39.4 inch). When Saul Griffith, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology doctoral candidate, won the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for inventing a desktop machine which “printed” low-cost eyeglass lenses, Gizmag’s story noted that his interest in rapid prototyping and personal fabrication could someday lead to what he terms, “low cost digitally enabled machine tools that allow more people to build their own stuff.” Of course if you can't be bothered with the origami thing, and you think pop-up Christmas cards are old hat, you could go straight to 3D printing. If it's good enough for F1-champion-in-waiting Renault, it's probably good enough for anyone.  Read More

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