The Origami Revolution

Engineers are using origami to design drugs, micro-robots, and future space missions. Airing February 15, 2017 at 9 pm on PBS Aired February 15, 2017 on PBS

Program Description

The centuries-old tradition of folding two-dimensional paper into three-dimensional shapes is inspiring a scientific revolution. The rules of folding are at the heart of many natural phenomena, from how leaves blossom to how beetles fly. But now, engineers and designers are applying its principles to reshape the world around us—and even within us, designing new drugs, micro-robots, and future space missions. With this burgeoning field of origami-inspired-design, the question is: can the mathematics of origami be boiled down to one elegant algorithm—a fail-proof guidebook to make any object out of a flat surface, just by folding? And if so, what would that mean for the future of design? Explore the high-tech future of this age-old art as NOVA unfolds “The Origami Revolution.”

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WRITTEN, PRODUCED, AND DIRECTED BY
Sarah Holt
DIRECTED BY FOR FACT+FILM
François-Xavier Vives
PRODUCED BY FOR FACT+FILM
Antoine Bamas
Michael Wolff
Elmar Bartlmae
EDITED BY
Sarah Holt
Mark Mossmann
François-Xavier Vives
DIRECTORS OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Emmanuel Roy
Stephen McCarthy
NARRATED BY
Jamie Effros
ANIMATION
Mitch Butler
ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS
Julie Crawford
Gitanjali Rege
FIELD PRODUCER
Julie Walker
ADDITIONAL CAMERA AND SOUND
Brian Wilcox
SOUND RECORDISTS
Jeff Hall
Dave Ruddick
Frank Coakley
ASSISTANT CAMERA
Galen Murray
Josh Weinhaus
ASSISTANT EDITOR
Brendan Feeney
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Dave Bigelow
AUDIO MIX
Heart Punch Studio
SCIENCE ADVISORS
Patsy Wang Iverson
Thomas Hull
Jason Ku
Ian Dell'Antonio
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Peter O. Lewis
Alex Burch
Priya Amin
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APM
Hilde Kappes
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Tangled Bank Studios
Influenza 3D model by Visual Science, 2016-17
Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering/Harvard University
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van_yog/Pond5
Thierry Sousbie/UPMC Univ. Paris
NASA
ESO
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Matthew Gong
Spencer Magleby
David Morgan
Terri Bateman
Kenny Seymour
Pamela Bjorkman
Lance Stewart
BYU Compliant Mechanisms Research Group
Brian Trease
Shawn Douglas
Caroline Perry
Christophe Bessède
Kristina Wissling
Katia Bertoldi
Johannes Overvelde
Dr. Jun Chung
Levi Dudte
Kevin Ma
Elizabeth Farrell Helbling
Samuel Felton
Benjamin Goldberg
Tomoki Fukushima
Masaru Sakuma
Noriyaki Fukui
Thomas Peybernes
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Bénédicte Richard
Sabine Klein
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Hervé Guérin
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Walter Werzowa
John Luker
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Julia Cort
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Paula S. Apsell

A NOVA production by Hold Productions LLC for WGBH Boston.

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This program was produced by WGBH, which is solely responsible for its content.

Original funding for this program was provided by Cancer Treatment Centers of America, the David H. Koch Fund for Science, the Montgomery Family Foundation, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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Participants

Daniel Aukes
Harvard Microrobotics Lab
David Baker
University of Washington
Aaron Chevalier
University of Washington
Erik Demaine
MIT
Vincent Floderer
Origami Artist
Larry Howell
Brigham Yong University
Yves Klett
University of Stuttgart
Kaori Kuribayashi-Shigetomi
Hokkaido University
Robert J. Lang
Physicist and Artist
L. Mahadevan
Harvard University
Mark Neyrinck
Astrophysicist
Tomohiro Tachi
University of Tokyo
Robert Wood
Harvard Microrobotics Lab

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