Origami to the Rescue!

Inspired by the recent quakes and tsunamis in Japan and Haiti, the Origami Shelter aims to provide fast, efficient protection for those in dire situations. The design takes from the folding principles of origami and transforms from small rectangle to a secure, durable sanctuary in minutes. The compact design can easily be shipped in large quantities and constructed by a single individual, making it a great disaster relief product.

Designer: Doowon Suh

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Origami-Inspired Paper Sensor Could Test for Malaria and HIV for Under a Dime

Taking their cues from the ancient art of origami, chemists at the University of Texas at Austin have swapped folded boats and swans for a three-dimensional sensor crafted from paper that may be able to test for diseases like malaria and HIV for less than a dime each.

Graduate student Hong Liu (above) was inspired by the origami lessons he had growing up in China. Taking paper tests a step further than one-dimensional paper sensors (like pregnancy tests), the folded sensors can test for more substances in a smaller surface area and provide results for more complex tests.

Crooks and Liu have also designed a brilliant way to add a simple battery to the sensor so that no power is required to run the test. The prototype uses aluminum foil and detects for glucose in urine. It’s estimated that including a battery like this would add only a few cents to the cost of producing the sensor.

“Anybody can fold them up,” says Crooks. “You don’t need a specialist, so you could easily imagine an NGO with some volunteers folding these things up and passing them out. They’re easy to produce as well, so the production could be shifted to the clientele as well. They don’t need to be made in the developed world.”

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Ori iPad case and stand

Ori by Joby

Joby’s Ori, the new case and stand for your iPad is of course origami-inspired and what inspired Joby’s booth design was Robert Lang who helped them develop this beautiful booth design, a modular origami piece made of 112 19.75” square sheets, one side mirrored, one side white. Each pyramid ends up about 12” per side, and the overall sculpture is 80” x 48” x 18”. It took about 2 days of folding and assembly! For more pics and the design process, please click over to NotCot

Ori by Joby

Origami Maze Puzzle Font

Erik D. Demaine, Martin L. Demaine, and Jason Ku over at MIT created an origami maze puzzle font, which is a template that shows you how to fold 3D letters of the entire alphabet.

(c) Crease Pattern of the Alphabet: Dark lines are mountain folds; light lines are valley folds; bold lines delineate letter boundaries and are not folds.

(c: Crease Pattern) folds into (b: 3D extrusion), which is an extrusion of (a: 2D maze)

Origami Toy, Spoon, Museum, and Film on DVD

Sho Mi Origami

I went to Boston, MA two weeks ago to visit some friends and on my way to the bus station back to New York, I stopped by the MIT Museum to check out what inventive exhibits and ideas were on display. After being awe-struck by Arthur Ganson’s Gestural Engineering exhibit, I wandered to the Toy Product Design section and saw Sho Mi Origami. It is a toy that projects origami instructions onto origami paper. You begin by selecting a project disk, and the disk rotates inside the toy, which advances to the next instruction stop. What a great way to recreate a new toy(Sho Mi Origami) with an classic “toy”(Origami)!

Toy Product Design
Toy Project Design is an MIT class created in 2005 by Barry Kudrowitz and Professor David Wallace. It is a hands-on, project-based introduction to product design processes and techniques with an emphasis on designing for play and entertainment.

origami spoon

Here we have an origami spoon by designer Michael Sholk which is bent from one piece of material comprised of paper, plastic, and silver foil.  


And lastly, check out out how origami lends some inspiration to Italian architects in creating this Automobile Museum in Nanjing, China.


p.s. Between the Folds Film is now on DVD. With the purchase of 4 or more DVDs, you’ll receive an original origami butterfly, handfolded by one of the film’s featured artists, Michael LaFosse