Oribotics: The Future Unfolds

Matthew Gardiner

Oribotics is a field of research concerned with the aesthetic, biomechanic, and morphological connections among nature, origami, and robotics.  In this research by Matthew Gardiner, the focus is on the actuation of fold- programmed materials such as paper and synthetic fabrics.

The design of the crease pattern, the precise arrangement of mountain and valley folds, and the way they fold and unfold directly inform mechanical design. Therefore, a key area of current research is focused on the discovery of patterns that have complex expressions that can be actuated repeatedly.

This research has resulted in some artistic exhibitions; the largest to date was at the 2010 Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria.

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