12-foot-long Oru Kayak folds into a small, flat package for storage and transport. Photo: Nicolas Zurcher
Wired is reporting:
Anton Willis grew up in rural Mendocino County, with easy access to rivers, lakes, and the ocean. A recreational but not avid kayaker, he was forced to become even less active in the sport in 2008 when he moved into a small San Francisco apartment. With little spare space and no car, Willis exiled the fiberglass kayak into storage.
Others might have taken up running or cycling. But Willis, an architect and product designer, saw his kayak problem as a surmountable obstacle — and an extremely interesting design problem. So he created one that could be folded up, stashed in a trunk or closet, or even checked on plane. Twelve feet long, 12 inches wide, and 25 pounds, it’s portable enough for its user to hike it in to remote waters. It’s called the Oru Kayak.
The complete Wired post is here.