Mechanical engineer Brian Ignaut has combined his mechanical engineering skills with the art of furniture making to create a stunning origami-inspired unfolding chessboard under his own company, Degrees of Freedom. The way this Kinetic chess set unfolds, literally adds a fun element to the otherwise serious game.
When prototyping a new design for an expanding table, Brian famous for designing unfolding solar arrays for Elon Musk’s SpaceX, found a new way of developing multiple surfaces to fold relative to one another. Later, he imbibed this unique unfolding mechanism to conceive a chess board that is far and beyond any wooden chess board you may have seen.
This board includes four wood panels, which are attached with six stainless steel links. Four of these steel links are used in pairs, whereas the other two are used separately. Due to the linked pairs, the joined panels remain parallel during all movements. On the other hand, the single links are present to allow smooth rotation between boards that are used while pivoting the board into the playful orientation.
According to Brian, it is his dream concept and he’s too thrilled to finally see the chess board in action. Check out the image below to see how this board moves so effortlessly. Although we’re not sure when this chess board will be available for purchase, we certainly loved the idea. What do you think about this unfolding chessboard? Spare a thought in the comment section below.