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)
Artists, Mathematicians, Scientists are working together, with the help of a four-year National Science Foundation grant, to see if origami can provide a foundation for 3-D nantotechnology.
First of all, what is nanotechnology? According to nano.gov, nanotechnology is the application of extremely small things – atoms and molecules- that can be used across all the other science fields, such as chemistry, biology, physics, materials science, and engineering.
Led by engineer Max Shtein and artist Matt Shlian and a group of researchers, they’re “looking at new ways of manipulating light or other kinds of electromagnetic energy using folded structures, and how to actually control the mechanics of materials.”
The final product has yet to be realized, but they believe the collaborative process itself might be the most significant deliverable of all. Read more over at the University of Michigan.
The Viva Speakers are inspired by origami and are extremely portable. Good enough to slip into your pocket! The docking speakers work well with the iPhone and other Android phones. It works with Bluetooth syncing as well. To open it to shape out as a cube, simply counter twist the top and bottom in one rhythmic swipe. Music beams out from all four sides creating an enigmatic surround system. The design uses empty spaces of the cube as a soundbox and it has a great quality of bass sound. I
Designer: Jang se-chan
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Millions of traditional telephones are still being made everyday but their form hasn’t changed much. Designer Chengyuan Wei took one apart and discovered the components have all been quite miniaturized so she conceived the Origami Phone. When you pick it up to answer and dial out, it changes from a flat surface to a tridimensional object suited to the hand. Minimal and efficient. LOVE IT!
Designer: Chengyuan Wei
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Jun Mitani might be a professor of computer science at the University of Tsukuba but I’m pretty sure he has a Ph.D. in paper folding. He works his magic with the help of algorithms and computer software that he’s developed to create the 3D origami pieces he’s known for. After doing the designing in the software, he scores folding lines on the paper. Once that’s done, he let’s his hands do what they do best and these sculpture are formed. Can you imagine the paper cuts he must have?