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How Origami Is Revolutionizing Industrial Design — Smithsonian Magazine

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— by Jim Morrison: Scientists and engineers are finding practical applications for the Japanese art form in space, medicine, robotics, architecture and more

When Anton Willis moved into his San Francisco apartment, he had a space problem: no room for his beloved kayak. He’d grown up paddling the Pacific and local waters in Mendocino County. Retrieving it from storage was an inconvenience he was determined to solve.

He found inspiration in a 2007 New Yorker story about Robert Lang, a NASA physicist who had become a full-time origami artist in 2001. Lang applied his math background to transport the art of folding into new frontiers, creating pieces never before possible. He was beginning to explore practical possibilities like containers, medical implants and air bags.

“I starting thinking about if I could fold up a kayak like a piece of paper,” says Willis, who had recently completed his master’s degree in architecture from the University of California at Berkeley…

Image courtesy of Oru Kayak

April 23, 2019

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