Amazing origami robot wheels!

Did you think origami where only useful for paper decorations? Then guess again! Dae-Young Lee, Ji-Suk Kim, Jae-Jun Park, Sa-Reum Kim and Kyu-Jin Cho from Seoul National University has realized the power of origami and created incredible morphable robot wheels explained in this video from IEEE Spectrum. When the robot needs to get over obstacles, the wheel can be expanded, and when it needs to get into tight spaces, the wheels can shrink to fit. In this case, special pattern embedded fabric is used, but we can’t see any reason these wheels can’t be made from thick paper. It would be more fragile of course, but still really cool.

In the video below from our favorite origami channel happypuppytruffles, you can learn how to do the “Magic Ball” origami pattern that these wheels are based on. Happy folding!

3D scanning in real-time on a mobile phone!

For some projects, you may need to translate a real object into a 3D computer model so it can be printed, 3D printed or even laser cut. But how do you do it without spending huge amount of money on gear? You can use Autodesks free service “123D Catch“, but that takes time and it’s not suited for secret projects (since it sends all pictures via email). But Ivan Dryanovski and Matt Klingensmith have started “Project Tango”, a software development which could give you the freedom of scanning anything in real-time on your mobile phone! This video shows the current progress of this project, and even though it’s not perfect, it is extremely impressive. We have no doubt that this will be the number one mobile phone app in a near future!

Create amazing wood veneer patterns

In this short video from GucciJapanHand さんのチャンネル, Honma Noboru demonstrates an old traditional Japanese woodworking technique called “Hakone parquet”. With nothing but simple hand tools and different woods, he patiently makes the most incredible veneer patterns you have ever seen! judging from the perfect result, it is obvious that Honma Noboru is a master in this art form, but the basic technique is simple enough for anyone to try and experiment with.

 

The power of Biomimetics!

Evolution has caused some impressive mechanics! Without a creative mind, it has come up with solutions that the most genius of humans would never had thought of. Robert Full did this talk at TED about the locomotive skills of cockroaches, and it is mind-blowing! Evolution, through million of years of trial and error, has resulted in a such versatile and resilient being as the cockroach! We think we are the most superior species on our planet, but just watch this video and you’ll be wondering if we really are the perfectly adoptable species we think we are….

Decorating cakes with a lazy susan

By using a rotating platform, like a “Lazy Susan”, very interesting decorations can be made. Vincent Lai publicized this inspirational video of how a cake with whipped cream and cake gel can easily become a beautiful work of art. All you need is a lazy susan, spatula and a knife! So the next time you make a cake, learn from this video and make all the guests wonder “How on earth did you make this gorgeous cake?!”