Scientists at The University of Texas at Austin were inspired by origami to develop a 3D paper sensor to test for diseases like HIV and malaria. While one-dimensional paper sensors like pregnancy tests are already widely used, the 3D folded sensors are able to test many more substances and complex materials. The folded papers take up less room and do not require specialists to administer. Once complete, these ‘origami labs’ will be able to test for diseases for less than 10 cents each.
(Source: University of Texas)