Teeny robots get a speed boost from origami folding

Origami has inpsired a new kind of microbot that can fold itself. It could be useful in fields like medical equipment and infrastructure sensing.

Jim Lynch-Michigan • futurity
July 30, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: robots temperature self-assembly featured science-and-technology origami

‘Protein origami’ forms 2D triangles and squares

Thanks to its toughness, "protein origami" could be useful in drug delivery, sensing, or other applications.

Camden Flath-Futurity • futurity
Aug. 1, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: nanotechnology materials-science proteins science-and-technology shapes origami

Kirigami ‘ribbons’ reveal microscopic twists in tissue

A paper cutting method called kirigami can spin terahertz rays in real time to peer into biological tissue, report researchers.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
July 8, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: radiation health-and-medicine imaging-technology origami

‘Origami’ metamaterial softens impact forces

Landing is stressful on a rocket's legs because they must handle the force of the impact with the landing pad. A new origami metamaterial could help.

Sarah McQuate-Washington • futurity
June 4, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: metamaterials featured science-and-technology origami plane

Origami and 3D printing merge to make complex stuff easily

A new technique that merges the ancient art of origami with 21st century technology could one day be useful for biomedical devices and space exploration.

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
Oct. 24, 2018 ~5 min

Tags: 3d-printing science-and-technology origami

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