MIT Origami Robot

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MIT Scientists invented a 1.7cm square robot capable of walking on different surfaces, climb, carry objects twice its own weight, swim in shallow water, burrow, and it even completely dissolves in an acetone solution leaving behind just the magnet. Researchers hope to develop an even smaller robot with additional sensors that can dissolve in water. It has enormous potential in health care - when introduced inside of a human body, it can potentially zap cancer cells or clean clogged arteries. You can read more about it over at IEEE and in this research paper. (via This is Colossal)

Hu Design Studio Makes Origami Inspired Head Figures

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Designed for special event of the “Grand magasin Printemps de Paris” (18/02/2014 – 18/03/2014) The original idea is about “gardian”, and some ancient creatures’ figures in front of Chinese traditional gates, such as lions, dragons, Kylins, etc. They represent gardian and are full of masculine power, they are very suitable for men’s section. So tying the creatures’ figures and forms to the mask of gardian brings some traditional elements and creates some taste of future. (via Hu Design Studio)

Book Review: Japanese Paper Crafting

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If you’ve always been curious about washi paper, you’re in luck because this book is for you! Japanese Paper Crafting by Michael LaFosse will teach you how to create washi paper as well as uses for it!

You can use wash to create your own awards and writing letters, especially when using calligraphy. Another surprising use of wash is that you can create Shoji Screens – a type of room partition or divider – these paper walls help organize life into pleasant, illuminated, harmonious spaces. Also you can use washi paper to make containers, wrapping paper, book covers, lanterns, and kites.

If you don’t want to make washi paper, there are instructions to make the famous origami crane, envelopes, vase cover, and decorative boxes. Washi paper simply inspire beauty in our lives and it’s fun to make!