Simple Origami Generation and Retrieval System for Kids

Copyright(C) 2011 Naoya Tsuruta

Techniques for creating complex origami pieces have been developed based on studies of mathematics of origami in recent years. However, the creation of simple origami pieces made with a few folds which are required for children who don’t have ability to precisely control their fingers has not been studied. In this paper, we propose a new system for generating new simple origami pieces that can be folded by four or less steps. Our system enumerates all possible origami shapes which can be folded by four steps, and then stores them in a database in advance. When the user inputs the shape he or she wants to create, such as the face of an animal, the system retrieves origami pieces similar to the input. Then the folding process is displayed. This brute-force approach became possible by recent progress of performance of common PCs. We have made our system more practical by optionally allowing users to lay "eyes" on origami pieces, as often seen in origami pieces for children.

Software is available for Windows (zip)12.4MB. Unzip and Run "startup.bat" file. This software requires Java Runtime Environment. Using "Batik SVG Toolkit" and "SQLJet" (Licenses are included in zip file). Only 4-times folding origami database is included. A feature for generating other databases is not implemented in this software. [CAUTION] Retrieval takes a minute and the software stops when retrieving.
In Japanese:
  1. 鶴田直也, 三谷純, 金森由博,福井幸男, "形状列挙に基づく幼児向け折り紙作品の創作支援システム", 折り紙の科学, 2(1), pp.33-44, 2012
  2. 鶴田直也, 金森由博,福井幸男, "幼児向け折り紙作品の創作支援システム", インタラクション2011 論文集, IPSJ Symposium Series Vol.2011, No.3, pp.49-56, 2011 (査読あり) pdf