Much like cassette tapes, land lines, and broadcast TV, one day, “some assembly required” might be a phrase that’s completely foreign to kids, as researchers at North Carolina State University take another important step toward creating objects that can automatically assemble themselves.
The best feature of this elaborate Lego Mindstorms miniature factory is how utterly useless it is in the grand scheme of things. As its name implies, the Papercube spends about three minutes diligently performing just a single task: making a tiny folded paper cube.
We first covered Rahul Agarwal’s Polygon measuring spoon a couple of years ago. Made from a flat piece of etched plastic, it folds into a measuring spoon of various capacities depending on how you hold it. Now the Polygon is finally becoming a reality through Kickstarter, so you can soon make your ,drawers sightly…
Sitting back with a good book is a popular way to help relieve stress. But artist Tauba Auerbach has created an incredibly intricate pop-up book, devoid of any words, that will totally relax you simply by opening and closing each page. Watching these 2D pages transform into 3D structures is better than tending to an…
A team of scientists has created the world’s thinnest ever folds in a sheet of graphene, taking origami to the atomic scale.
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.
Want to make an origami Discworld for your desk? The tumblr Folds Within Folds has a post all about how to make one.
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.
Need a pick-me-up this morning? Know that, somewhere in the world, there are origami cranes capable of performing synchronized dance numbers across an electromagnetic stage, and that life is kind of amazing.
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.
The sad and sweet short film Origami may be 2D-animated, but its subject, a paper boat living in a toy store, is perfect for a Pixar film, especially when the little boat embarks on a grand journey.
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.