Saturday, January 25, 2014

Origami and the Military

 Who hasn't played with toy soldiers, cops & robbers, cowboys and injuns, elves vs. orcs, etc.?  Anyway, it's just a peace of paper:

Joseph Wu Origami Inc.
Hat tip Chila Caldera and Robert Lang:

Florida International University (FIU) researchers are using technology and principles derived from the traditional Japanese art of origami to create remarkably compact and incredibly efficient antennas and electronics. 
"By using origami geometries we can reconfigure antennas to whatever shape fits our purpose," said Stavros Georgakopoulos, assistant professor in FIU's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. "These geometries offer unique advantages of collapsibility. That's important for a number of applications, such as technology that needs to be launched in space or used on the battlefield."
Georgakopoulos is working with colleagues at Georgia Tech with the support of a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The team will work on the development of unique shapes that can allow the antennas to be only a couple of centimeters when folded flat and expand into much larger spaces with powerful, ultra-broadband capabilities.
"A soldier will be able to carry a powerful antenna into combat folded in his back pocket," said Georgakopoulos.
Possible applications for the antennas include a range of military and commercial uses, including communications equipment, wireless sensors, health monitoring sensors, portable medical equipment, and many other applications.
A traditional paper-folding art, origami includes both modular and moving types of structures. Mathematicians recently have focused on theoretical and practical questions raised by origami, resulting in technical advances in many areas.
 Chris Palmer, Eric Gjerde, and Ray Schamp are involved with this program.

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