Origami Bridge that’s OK to get wet?

Now, I’m not totally convinced that this is an Origami bridge, it’s basically a concertina, but as these results are presented by Dr Ichiro Ario, assistant professor at the Institute of Engineering, Hiroshima University, Japan, it’s obvious that the world is going to refer to it as the Origami Bridge. The guys at Hiroshima University have given it the snappy name ‘Mobile Bridge’, Catchy.

The bridge is designed to be light weight, deploy-able with minimal manpower, within one hour and small enough to fit in a trailer pulled by a car. Cashback!

Origami Bridge
Its basically a trellis, I’ve said it so you don’t have to.

In a test, Mobile Bridge version 4.0 was set up without any foundations by only a few people over the Hongo River in Fukuyama City, Japan and a car then safely traveled across.

Reports are unclear as to the involvement of any 70ft atomic reptiles, but I’d like to think our favourite Kaiju was there, at least in spirit.

With natural disasters popping up all over the world, innovations like this will certainly help people and most likely save lives.

Suitable for both deployment on its own and as a means to strengthening bridges damaged in whatever cluster-fuck has ripped through whichever part of the world it is deployed in, the ‘Origami Bridge’ will most likely be snapped up by the military around the globe also.

You don’t have to cast your mind back too far to the floods that ravaged the south of England where a quick and lightweight bridge like this would have really helped and made a huge difference to the Aid effort.

Source: BBC



Iain Buchanan

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