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December 14, 2016 AT 8:00 am

MIT’s Inflatables Are The Bubble Wrap Of The Future

Via fastcodedesign

Robotics aren’t the only way to design objects that transform: Just look at a balloon, the airbag in your car, or one of those crazy Lamzacs. Filling something with air is a useful way of transforming an object—provided you can do so precisely.

That’s just what students at MIT’s Tangible Media Group have done with Aeromorphs, a new technology that creates origami-like inflatables that can transform in unique ways when filled with air, opening the door to new kind of toys, wearables, packaging methods, safety systems, and more.

Robotics aren’t the only way to design objects that transform: Just look at a balloon, the airbag in your car, or one of those crazy Lamzacs. Filling something with air is a useful way of transforming an object—provided you can do so precisely.

That’s just what students at MIT’s Tangible Media Group have done with Aeromorphs, a new technology that creates origami-like inflatables that can transform in unique ways when filled with air, opening the door to new kind of toys, wearables, packaging methods, safety systems, and more.

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