Back in May, Maker Faire creator Dale Dougherty made a brief reference to an Anton Willis project in an article he wrote for us, "A New Wave of Hardware Innovation." Now we've got the full skinny: Willis, a designer based in San-Francisco, is shoring up final production for his folding kayak.
Called the Oru, Willis' design is a great example of the intelligent use of humble materials. It's made from corrugated plastic—think of those folded bins the U.S. Postal Service uses—and in its folded state, looks like the large portfolios you see people carrying around on art school campuses. But after five minutes of assembly, you've got a 12-foot-long, watertight craft waiting for you to break out the paddle.
The innovative design means you can hike out to remote regions, no car necessary, to get your kayak on. It's expected to retail for a manageable $500.