Microsoft will reveal “something” about this project on March 2nd, which leaves you with a two-days catch-up on what the heck is Origami and how it is related to gadgets. Fortunately, Dr. Robert Lang, who is “one of the foremost origami artists and theorists in the world”, gave an excellent 16 minutes introduction on Origami at OSCON 2005.
With “One Sheet, Only Foldings, No Cuts” as the leitmotif, Dr. Lang explains what Origami is and how it has evolved from a paper folding art into an applied science. One of the amazing origami-designed projects is the EyeGlass (see picture): “a space Telescope with some 100-meter lens in the form of a thin membrane. The origami-folded lens fit into a small rocket in such a way that the lens can be unfolded in space without suffering from any permanent marks or creases”.
Microsoft’s Origami project is, undoubtedly, an interesting approach to solving the handheld device limitations.
Technopod Rating: 9
Robert Lang: Computational Origami 00:16:07, 7.4 mb, Aug, 4th, 2005
Original Podlink: Robert Lang, Origami Artist and Theorist: Computational Origami