This Computer Scientist Can Turn Anything into Origami #ArtTuesday
With Origamizer, free to use software, a computer scientist/artist creates astounding works of paper! Via Creators:
You don’t often think of origami, the tactile, super-analog art of paper folding, as high-tech. Paper cranes have about as much in common with computer science as, say, tie-dye and jet propulsion. But MIT professor Erik Demaine has spent nearly 20 years perfecting a highly-efficient algorithm that allows any 3D shape to be reproduced as origami. Demaine has also collaborated with Tomohiro Tachi, whose 2008 origami-generating freeware Origamizer will now be equipped with the universal algorithm.
This kind of blending of mathematics and origami is still relatively new. In the early 1990s, origami artists in Japan began experimenting with increasingly complex insect designs, and the resulting competition between artists—known as “the bug wars”—led to new mathematical problems.
For the last 10 years, Origamizer has been a useful tool, an algorithm for generating origami out of most objects. But Demaine and Tachi kept finding flaws in the programming. “We kept patching the holes and finding improvements to the algorithm until finally we got one algorithm we could prove always works.”
8-6-2021 (August 6, 2021) is the Snakiest day of the year and it’s also this year’s CircuitPython Day! The day highlights all things CircuitPython and Python on Hardware. See you there!
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.