Origami-making robot

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  2. etoiles macrumors 6502a

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    yes, but can it make a swan ?

    Humans will always be better at origami than machines, just like they will always beat a computer at chess. Oh, wait, never mind...
     
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    A nice find Doctor Q. ;) The doctoral student ended up messing up the work of the robot with the hat. :D

    While my wife was a student at Creighton University, we had a Japanese student stay with us. The females in his group made Origami. They gave a lot of them to us as a gift. We still have them. :)
     
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    I like Origami. The problem is what to do with my completed creations. I have frogs, swans, boxes, hats, flower-looking things, and some stars. A friend of mine, who is very serious about Origami, folds every day (no relation to folding@home), and goes to Origami conventions.

    One year at the convention, he saw a masterpiece: a life-size grandfather clock, with every part, including each number on the dial, made with Origami. I couldn't find a photo of it, but I found a much simpler Origami clock that we can all make. And it's guaranteed to be accurate twice a day!

    I wonder if anyone has developed a precise notation (not diagrams with English or Japanese commentary, as in conventional Origami instructions) to describe paper folds, in such a way that it could be used, akin to music notation, by either humans, computers, and robots? If not, somebody get to work on that!
     
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    I have not had the chance to check it out yet, but there is an origami exhibition at the Mingei museum in San Diego (Balboa Park).

    A bit of a drive from LA and beyond, but hey, there is worse places to drive to than San Diego :)
     
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    How about posting some pictures of your completed Origami creations? I would love to see them! ;)
     
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    *ahem* <cough> <cough> :p
     
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    Thanks, I see the description, which says "continues through Spring 2004", and the event schedule says "check back soon", so I can't tell if the exhibit is over already.
     
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    Well, for what it's worth, I called the "recording" (since it's not a toll call for me I thought I'd perform the favor) and it still mentions the exhibit -

    TEL: 619 239 - 0003

    Hours Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Closed Mondays and National Holidays
     
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    Thanks a googol, voicegy. Sounds like it really is still on exhibit. I go to San Diego now and then (I went 5 days ago, in fact), and I will give them a call Tuesday to check how long the exhibit will be there.
     
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    Great. If ya want, hit me up for a beer or a coffee, and I'll also arrange a tour of the SDCS District Mainframe room, and/or a behind the scenes peek at the world's largest and longest running Omnimax projector over at the Fleet Science Center. Such a nerd fest, eh what? :D
     
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    OK, wdlove, you forced me to dust off my Origami collection.

    Photo #1: Various creations I've made.
    Photo #2: My best one - an owl.
    Photo #3: Three beasts given to me by the friend I mention above.
    Photo #4: His best one - Yoda, with coat, fingers, and a cane!
    Photo #5: Flower pot made by his wife, who had to learn Origami in self defense (to keep up with her husband's hobby).
     

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    Thank you Doctor Q, I hope that the dusting process wasn't to difficult! ;) They are all very nice. My pick as the best is the flower done by your friend's wife. Sorry Doctor Q! :)
     

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