Hoberman Sphere

Studio 360

If you know any kids in grade school, you know this thing: it's made of little plastic rods folded together into a spikey ball. When you pull out the segments, the Hoberman Sphere opens up into a big ball, three times its original size. And now a big Hoberman Sphere will orbit the earth. As part of our series on Science & Creativity, Lu Olkowski talked to the designer who gave the sphere his name.