Paper actuators

Designer | Artist Guanyun Wang, Tingyu Cheng, Youngwook Do, Humphrey Yang, Ye Tao, Jianzhe Gu, Byoungkwon An, Lining Yao
Year 2018

Paper is a lightweight, abundant, and bio-degradable material. In addition, paper affords rich physical interactions including folding, printing, and painting on its surface. In recent years, paper has become increasingly interesting as a material in new interface design including paper robots, paper power generators, electronic pop-up books, animated origami, foldable artifacts, and so on. While many of these paper systems require customized actuation mechanisms, a missing component for paper-based interfaces is a low-cost, easy to fabricate, flexible to customize, reversible, and electronically-controllable actuator that is embedded within the paper.