A new generation of meta-materials are emerging from a 17th century source.
LG’s G Flex phones are mostly known for their ability to bend slightly under pressure, but someday our mobile devices could be completely rolled up like a piece of paper. And researchers at the University of Michigan are hoping the art of intricate paper cutting might be the secret to that ultimate flexibility.
It should surprise no one that MIT has an origami team whose goal is to create a third level version of a 3-D fractal known as a Menger Sponge, whose ultimate incarnation is a shape with zero volume and infinite surface area. Here's how they do it.
A structure whose internal dimensions remain the same regardless of the external forces applied to it sounds fanciful—but that's exactly what this high-tech piece of origami does.
Japanese creative group Ugoita spices up traditional origami crane figures by adding electromagnets to their feet. The paper cranes stand on a board where the electric currents are applied to make them move and dance like the most awesome boy band I've ever seen.
The intricate folds of origami are infinitely useful across science, from designing safer airbags to building more resilient architecture. Here, though, the same principles are being applied to a self-assembling robot that uses a tiny microcontroller to transform itself from 2D to 3D, then walks away.
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.
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.
Half of what makes a paper cut so annoying and awful is that it comes from a seemingly safe and innocuous material. But designer Nadeem Haidary wants to change your opinion on the much hated accidental paper cut by harnessing it for good through an origami razor that can purportedly shave faces.
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.
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.
Perfect for scooping things out of rectangular containers with flat walls, but not so great with anything round, the real claim-to-fame of David Adler's Kafolda spoon is that it arrives as a perfectly flat piece of stainless steel and some assembly required.
We've all had that thought while playing with origami: "If this paper swan were bigger, I would live in it." Okay, so maybe not all of us have had that thought, but it certainly crossed the minds of the architects at Make, in London, who recently designed these crazy folding kiosks.
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…
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…
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.…
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.
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.
Wine is the easiest thing to grab to take to a holiday party. But don't bring your bottle in the buff—dress it up with this awesome origami wine tote.
Hacking and slashing may be the stuff horror movies are made of, but Marc Hagan-Guirey takes a much more delicate approach to the art of fright. With nothing more than a blade and an inhuman level of patience, this expert slicer has crafted 13 of the most iconic haunted houses in film out of paper.