A Halifax-born tyke prodigy has demonstrated he can do pretty much anything with a bit of paper.
Erik Demaine, a 37-year-old MIT software engineering teacher thinks that the innovation behind his self-folding printable robots might be able someday to advance into downloadable smartphones, biomedical gadgets that convey cancer-killing medications, and even devices that could go up against any shape. It’s like he’s playing with origami.
He said that when they began working in computational origami, they didn’t anticipate that it will have loads of uses. It was on the grounds that it appeared to be cool and perhaps they could improve art along these lines.
On Thursday, Demaine came back to Dalhousie University, where he enrolled as an undergrad student at the age of 12, to talk about his place of graduation’s 200th commemoration with the uncovering of a bend wrinkled origami mould he and his dad got from the pages of a book, which described the school itself.
He is the youngest teacher ever hired at MIT
As an 18-year-old Ph.D. student at the University of Waterloo, Demaine built up an algorithm that could decide how to overlap a bit of paper into any 3D shape, before moving to Cambridge, Mass., to end up to be the most youthful teacher at any point hired by MIT at age 20.
All things considered, he stated, the arithmetic behind the figure’s interlocking concentric circles keep on evading him.
At the point when Demaine decides to go ahead with a project, he said he didn’t know whether it will deliver a scientific solution or something that has to do with art.
The more we play with math and art, the more we consider them a similar thing, as he stated. You begin with something you’d like to tackle on the math side or something you’d like to construct on the art side, and you need to think about innovative approaches to really get that going.
Demaine said he and his dad have been cooperating to investigate the interface amongst math and art since he was six years of age when they helped to establish the Erik and Dad Puzzle Company, which had deals in toy stores crosswise over Canada.