Origami – ori meaning folding and kami meaning paper – is the art of paper folding. A flat sheet of paper is folded, and transformed into many different art pieces, the most common of which is the paper crane. The principles of origami have gone beyond inspiring beautiful art by also influencing engineers and other scientists. Using the theories of origami, scientists and engingeers have been able to create prototypes from spacecrafts to micro-scale medical instruments.
Watch this Popular Science video that shows how origami can inspire art and science development.