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The origami kayak

Projects | March 1, 2014 | By:

A new company is out to “unlock the wonder and discovery of the great outdoors,” even for city dwellers, they say. And they plan to make it a little easier with a kayak that folds up like a suitcase to be transported almost anywhere. Kayakers can keep the Oru Kayak in the trunk of the car for spur of the moment expeditions or hike it through the back country to remote waters. It can be or checked on airplanes as luggage, carried on the back of a bicycle, or transported by train or bus.

Made from a single, seamless sheet of double-layered, recyclable polyethylene, the patented pattern of folds transforms the flat sheet into a kayak. The durable skin is puncture resistant and manufacturer-rated for 20,000 folds. Corrugations in the skin increase the structural strength, which may dent with hard impacts, but dents can be popped out by hand.

Oru Kayak

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