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How the 4moms Origami Stroller Works


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The Origami is a power folding stroller -- just twist a knob and push a button near the handle bars to set it in motion.
The Origami is a power folding stroller -- just twist a knob and push a button near the handle bars to set it in motion.
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As innovative as the other 4moms products are, the Origami gets the most attention -- as any power-folding robotic stroller would. Though the power-folding mechanism is what makes the Origami standout at playgroup, it's the wheels that really drive this thing.

The two rear wheels in the Origami stroller house generators. As the stroller is pushed, the turning of the wheels powers the generators and they make electricity, which is stored in the Origami's battery. Because power is constantly being made, the Origami doesn't need a bulky battery pack. Just by pushing the stroller, parents make the power necessary for the automated folding mechanism and the other high-tech goodies on the Origami.

To fold the Origami, all you have to do is twist a knob and push a button near the handle bars. Requiring the knob twist means that the fold button won't accidentally be pushed while the stroller is in use. There are also sensors in the Origami's seating area. If any weight is detected, the stroller won't fold, which is a key safety feature since no one wants a creased kid.

The folding motion itself is somewhat similar to what you might see in a conventional stroller. The front wheels flip back and the seat lies back onto the rear wheels, while the seat frame and central support pillar retract. When it's time to go, the process happens in reverse: The tubes in the seat frame and central support pillar extend, the seat sits up and the front wheels move out.


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