Inspired by Snapology

Harvard researchers designed a tunable, self actuated 3-D material that was inspired by Snapology. The designs could be used at multiple scales from nanoscale to meter scale. Some day it might be used to pack your house into a backpack or add a new window to a wall with the flick of a switch.
"Reconfigurable devices, whose shape can be drastically altered, are central to expandable shelters, deployable space structures, reversible encapsulation systems and medical tools and robots.

All these applications require structures whose shape can be actively controlled, both for deployment and to conform to the surrounding environment. While most current reconfigurable designs are application specific, here we present a mechanical metamaterial with tunable shape, volume and stiffness. Our approach exploits a simple modular origami-like design consisting of rigid faces and hinges, which are connected to form a periodic structure consisting of extruded cubes."

Cit. nature COMMUNICATIONS: A three-dimensional actuated origami-inspired transformable metamaterial with multiple degrees of freedom

A few more links to sites that deal with this subject:

ResearchGate: Reconfigurable origami-inspired acoustic waveguides

HARVARDgazette: 3-D material changes shape as it prepares for next task A New Material Could Make Medical Devices That Expand and Collapse

Popular Mechanics: Fold up your house with new versatile shape-shifting material

Innovation Toronto: Imagine a house that could fit in a backpack: A foldable material that can change size, volume and shape

STYLUS: Self-Adapting Foldable Material

THE HINDU: New foldable material can change size, volume, shape

MARKET BUSINSS NEWS: House shape shifts into a wall then a window and fits in a backpack

ENGENEERS AUSTRALIA: House folds up, house folds down

SkyNet Chronicles: Harvard creates three-dimensional actuated scalable snapology-origami-inspired transformable metamaterial

TUDelft: Delft students help to design 3D material with controllable shape and size

HARVARD SEAS: A toolkit for transformable materials

WYSS INSTITUTE: A toolkit for transformable materials: How to design materials with reprogrammable shape and function

ScienceDaily: A toolkit for transformable materials

3D printer news: 3D printing helps Harvard scientists develop multifunctional & reconfigurable metamaterials