Thursday Mar 22, 2007

Origami on Steroids

I read a fascinating article the other day in the New Yorker called The Origami Lab, by Susan Orleans.  The article focuses on Robert Lang who oversaw R&D at JDS Uniphase until he left in 2001 "to fold paper full time."  If you're like me and haven't been keeping up with Origami in the last 30 years you'll be blown away by what people are making out of one sheet of paper these days.  Check out some of these creations by Lang and the associated "crease patterns."

You should really read the whole article so to entice you here are a few interesting the tidbits:

  • The creation that put Lang on the international origami map was a life sized origami cuckoo clock which took six months to design and six hours to fold.
  • In the '70's he invented an origami Jimmy Carter, a Darth Vader, a nun, and an inflatable bunny.
  • He is the creator of TreeMaker, origami software available for Mac, GNU/Linux and windows. 
  • Among others, Lang was hired by The Drew Carey Show to create a life-size Drew Carey and by Lawrence Livermore Labs to work on a folding problem for a "telescope with a lens a hundred metres in diameter which had to be packed into a rocket so that it could be sent into space."

A whole world I never knew existed!

Pau for now...

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I look after Sun's relationships with the various GNU/Linux communities as well as our relationship with the FSF. Last year, my family and I emigrated from Silicon Valley to Austin, TX.

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