The self-folding Origami stroller: a cool name for a compact kid carrier
By Jude Garvey
February 1, 2010
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…
The beauty of the Origami is that it’s a full-sized stroller, but once it’s folded it becomes incredibly compact. You simply push a button and the stroller does all the back-breaking folding and unfolding work for you. Rather than alkaline batteries, it has an in-built generator that recharges itself as you walk. After walking about 300 feet (91m), the battery will be fully charged. You still have the option of plugging it into the wall or folding it manually but it’s nice to know your stroll with baby has green benefits as well.
The Origami was designed by 4Moms, the company who designed the Cleanwater baby bath. The team worked with juvenile safety consultants to ensure that the Origami met with every applicable standard for stroller safety.
The stroller has a handy LCD display that will tell you at a glance if junior is in the seat, how charged the battery is or how far you have walked. There are also a multitude of accessories – including four cup holders for the caffeine addicts amongst us, adapter bars that are compatible with infant car seats, a bassinet for little ones, and luggage style pull wheels. Importantly, the stroller has in-built sensors - so there’s no chance of you folding the stroller if a child is in the seat.
Surely all these added accessories make this one heavy stroller? Nope – the Origami weighs in at just 22 pounds. No word on pricing yet but the Origami is expected to be released in Spring 2010. Check out the video on the 4Moms website to see how quickly the stroller folds and unfolds.
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