4 Dec 2012

The Oru Kayak is a lovely origami folding boat

The Japanese art of origami has been recently applied to a real size kayak and the final result, the Oru Kayak, designed by Anton Willis, is pretty darn awesome. A compact and ultralight kayak that folds like an origami and could easily fit into a small suitcase. Needless to say, that makes it much easier to store in your own apartment, car, or carry through nature, than a regular kayak.

When it’s time to hit the water, it can be unfolded, joined together and ready to go in just five minutes and it’s incredibly stable, fast and handles really well. It measures 12 feet (3.7 meters) and weights just 25 pounds (11.3 kg) once unfolded and, after a huge success on Kickstarter, it’s going into production right now.

The designer of the Oru Kayak wanted to raise initially $80k for this ambitious project, but at the time of this post they’re already at over $300k and there are still 14 days left to go. If you want to have an Oru of your own, you’ll have to pledge a minimum of $800.