Awesome Oru Origami Kayak Folds Into its Own Compact Carrying Case

by , 09/22/12

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Inspired by compact San Francisco living, designer and kayaker Anton Willis began designing the Oru in 2008. Tired of having to put his fiberglass kayak in storage, Willis became interested in origami after reading an article about how the traditional Japanese art from was revolutionizing the fields of engineering and science. After 15 prototypes, paper models, and countless test runs in bays, streams, and oceans, the kayak was ready to launch. Fellow avid outdoorsman Ardy Sobhani lent his business savvy to the project, and the team is set to introduce the Oru to nature lovers everywhere soon.

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  1. João Aguda August 31, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    I see this on shark tank 😀

  2. neilfaraway September 25, 2012 at 12:27 am

    Hi Ardy,
    This looks great. I’m interested to know more about the material you have used for the skin? I’m designing collapsible tanks at the moment – this stuff could be useful! Can you tell me the name / supplier of the material?


  3. Ardy September 19, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Hi Maisa, Oru is launching very soon!

    Please sign up for our mailing list at


  4. Maisa September 19, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    where can I buy one??

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