This PVC Pouch Folds Up Like Origami To Protect Precious Things

An origami-inspired purse sounds needlessly complex. Futzing around with folds when you're trying to find your keys in the abyss of a bag? No thanks. But! But: The reality of this Distortion clutch, designed by tech-friendly design icon Issey Miyake, is rad. Like, I-would-definitely-carry-the-hell-out-of-this rad. » 6/27/14 3:21pm 6/27/14 3:21pm

17 Pieces of Origami From a Huge New Show About Paper Folding

To most of us, the boundaries of origami are pretty well established: You have your cranes, your elephants, and your paper footballs. But hundreds of artists around the world use origami as a technical framework for making original art—and now, 88 of those artists are getting a high-profile show of their work. » 6/17/14 9:00am 6/17/14 9:00am

Anybody With a Printer Can Make These Origami-Inspired Robots

We were promised robots. The future, science fiction told us, would be a world swarming with automatons that did all the jobs we didn't want. But you know what? Robots are really expensive and hard to build. Two MIT scientists want to change all that with inkjet printers and techniques borrowed from origami. » 4/11/14 4:20pm 4/11/14 4:20pm

Origami Master Makes a Life-Size Elephant From a Single Sheet of Paper

Origami artist Sipho Mabona just pulled off an incredible feat of paper folding, turning a single 50 foot by 50 foot sheet of paper into a life-size paper elephant standing more than 10 feet tall. It was no doubt a painstaking process, but watching the artist and his team in process is strangely soothing. » 3/11/14 4:20pm 3/11/14 4:20pm

Power Your Origami Paper Boat With This Tiny Outboard Motor

Kids today demand more from their toys, since mobile devices have freed them from the burdens of imagination. So if you were thinking of introducing your kids to the DIY joys of origami, the wonders of seeing a paper boat actually float won't be enough. You'll also need this tiny outboard motor so it can cruise… » 12/11/13 6:00pm 12/11/13 6:00pm

The Handheld Mathematics of Geometer Ron Resch

Visionary applied geometer Ron Resch, who passed away in 2012, is the subject of the incredible documentary embedded above, that, while by no means new (it was produced back in the grainy days of 1970) seemed worth posting here. Over the course of its more than 40 minutes of mind-altering geometry and material… » 11/13/13 4:40pm 11/13/13 4:40pm

Origami for iOS and Android: A Better Way to Share With Family

No one wants their parents on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other social media site they might be busy embarrassing themselves on. They surely don't want to see pictures of you on the verge of consciousness every night and you certainly don't want them posting embarrassing things in a public forum.… » 7/18/13 6:00pm 7/18/13 6:00pm

Lego Mischief Machine Automatically Folds and Throws Paper Airplanes

You usually have to choose between passing grades and being a mischief maker in grade school. But with this brilliant Lego contraption created by NXTLOG member hknssn13, you can be both. It automatically grabs a sheet of paper from a stack, folds it into a paper airplane, and then launches it towards your target. » 3/12/13 12:20pm 3/12/13 12:20pm

If You Can Fold a Paper Airplane, You Can Assemble This LED Lamp

If your decor choices aren't governed by concerns over child safety, then the stark angles and pointy corners of Mirco Kirsch's origami lamp just might land it a home on your desk. It's another flat-pack engineering marvel that assembles in just five minutes with nothing but a few strategic folds. » 3/11/13 5:40pm 3/11/13 5:40pm

The Tortilla Hexaflexagon Will Boggle Your Mind (and Stomach)

Cooking is as much a science as astrophysics, biology, or mathematics. Particularly when professional mathemusician and YouTuber Vi Hart gets involved. Watch in awe as she turns a regular tortilla into a complex origami creation—a hexaflexagon to be exact—and feel vastly inferior the next time you're downing a… » 10/26/12 9:05am 10/26/12 9:05am