Paper by Erik D. Demaine
- Yoav Sterman, Erik D. Demaine, and Neri Oxman, “PCB Origami: A material-based design approach to computer-aided foldable electronic devices”, in Proceedings of the 37th Mechanisms and Robotics Conference (MR 2013), Portland, Oregon, August 4–7, 2013.
Origami is traditionally implemented in paper of homogeneous material
properties. This research explores the use of material with embedded
electronics such as PCB (Printed Circuit Boards) as the medium for origami
folding in order to create an interactive folding experience and to generate
foldable objects with added functionalities. PCBs are produced as 2D shapes.
By folding PCB arrays it is possible to create 3D objects that contain
electronic functions. Conductivity, output devices (such as Light Emitting
Diodes) and microcontroller computation can create an interactive folding
experience, for user guidance and verification of the folding. We call this
approach and methodology PCB Origami. The work presented in this paper
describes two unique interaction and fabrication techniques for creating and
folding electronic materials. We demonstrate prototypes and present
verification/evaluation strategies for guiding the user through the folding
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- PCBOrigami_JMD2013 (PCB Origami: A material-based design approach to computer-aided foldable electronic devices)
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