design
Coloured Light Makes This Magical Origami Fold Itself One Step at a Time

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. Read More >>

lego
This Elaborate Lego Mindstorms Factory Makes Just One Thing: Tiny Paper Boxes

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. Read More >>

books
Flipping Through This Pop-up Book Is More Relaxing Than a Thousand Zen Gardens

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 entire forest full of bonsai trees. Read More >>

science
These are the World’s Thinnest Folds

A team of scientists has created the world’s thinnest ever folds in a sheet of graphene, taking origami to the atomic scale. Read More >>

star wars
Origami Darth Vader Is Too Cute to Rule the Galaxy

Tadashi Mori is a prolific origami artist who’s previously folded replica aircraft and terrifying dragons, but now he’s turned his talents to the Dark Side. Read More >>

science
A New Genre of Super-Strong Origami is Being Invented by These Engineers

A new generation of meta-materials are emerging from a 17th century source. Read More >>

drones
Meet the Origami Drone That Folds in Your Hand

For those of you who want to feel a little bit like James Bond, how does owning your own pocket-sized drone grab you? One that you can whip out and make airborne in a fraction of a second? No, this isn't fantasy: researchers have actually developed a flying drone you can fold up and stick in your pocket. Read More >>

maths
Using Origami to Make a Shape with No Volume and Infinite Surface Area

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, the ultimate incarnation of which is a shape with zero volume and infinite surface area. Here's how they do it. Read More >>

science
This Origami Doughnut’s Hole Holds Firm Even Under Huge Forces

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. Read More >>

robots
This Origami Robot Assembles Itself and Walks Away in Under Five Minutes

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 micro-controller to transform itself from 2D to 3D, then walks away. Read More >>

design
This PVC Pouch Folds Up Like Origami to Protect Precious Things

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. Read More >>

robots
Anybody With a Printer Can Make These Origami-Inspired Robots

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. Read More >>

art
Origami Master Makes a Life-Size Elephant From a Single Sheet of Paper

Origami artist Sipho Mabona just pulled off an incredible feat of paper folding, turning a single 15 metre by 15 metre sheet of paper into a life-size paper elephant standing more than three metres tall. It was no doubt a painstaking process, but watching the artist and his team in process is strangely soothing. Read More >>

architecture
These Origami-Inspired Kiosks at Canary Wharf Fold Open and Closed Like Paper Fans

We've all had that thought while playing with origami: "If this paper swan were bigger, I would live in it." Okay, so maybe not all of us have had that thought, but it certainly crossed the minds of the architects at Make, in London, who recently designed these crazy folding kiosks. Read More >>