4moms Origami Power-Folding Stroller Wins Popular Science “Best of What’s New 2011” Award

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4moms' Origami, the world's first power-folding stroller, is one of only 100 products, and the only stroller, to win Popular Science's prestigious "Best of What's New" award this year. Selected from among thousands of entrants, the Origami won the award in the Home Technology category.

4moms Origami Power-Folding Stroller

4moms' Origami is the world's first power-folding stroller.

The 100 winners - chosen from among thousands of entrants - represent the highest level of achievement in their fields.

4moms’ power-folding stroller, the Origami, is one of only 100 products, and the only stroller, to receive the prestigious Best of What’s New award from Popular Science this year. A winner in the Home Technology category and selected from among thousands of innovative entrants, the Origami is world’s first power-folding stroller and fulfills Popular Science’s requirement that winning products represent a significant step forward in their categories.

As Popular Science’s December issue states, “Baby strollers are notoriously difficult to fold up to store or load into the back of a car. The Origami saves time and trouble by collapsing and unfolding itself with the touch of a button. (Onboard sensors ensure that it won't fold up with a baby in the seat.) It also comes equipped with other features not typically found on a stroller, including daytime running lights, an LCD screen with a speedometer and odometer on the handlebar, and a generator that charges the batteries when the wheels spin.”

“For 24 years, Popular Science has honored the innovations that surprise and amaze us − those that make a positive impact on our world today and challenge our views of whatʼs possible in the future,” said Mark Jannot, Editor-in-Chief of Popular Science. “The Best of Whatʼs New Award is the magazineʼs top honor, and the 100 winners − chosen from among thousands of entrants − represent the highest level of achievement in their fields.”

The pre-launch of the eagerly-awaited Origami began on November 15, and names and locations of pre-launch retailers are available at http://www.4moms.com. Consumers can also pre-order the stroller online in anticipation of its national launch on January 6, 2012.

About 4moms
Frequently referred to as “the Apple of the juvenile industry,” 4moms began with a focus group of five moms from Mt. Lebanon, PA, who inspired the company’s name (but 4moms sounds better than 5moms, so one mother took the title “The Stealth Mom”). Their experience (they have fifteen kids between them; one has two, yes two! sets of twins) plus the expertise of a team of twenty-five engineers, researchers, and developers gives 4moms its innovative edge in the field of juvenile product design.

4moms is a brand of Thorley Industries, Inc., a 5-year-old company that develops and markets products for the $7.0 billion juvenile products industry. 4moms’ award-winning products are available at more than 500 of the top specialty retailers nationwide as well as several national web retailers.

About Best of What's New and Popular Science
Founded in 1872, Popular Science is the worldʼs largest science and technology magazine; with a circulation of 1.3 million and 6.8 million monthly readers. Each month, Popular Science reports on the intersection of science and everyday life, with an eye toward whatʼs new and why it matters.

Each year, the editors of Popular Science review thousands of products in search of the top 100 tech innovations of the year; breakthrough products and technologies that represent a significant leap in their categories. The winners — the Best of What's New — are awarded inclusion in the much-anticipated December issue of Popular Science, the most widely read issue of the year since the debut of Best of What's New in 1987. Best of Whatʼs New awards are presented to 100 new products and technologies in 11 categories: Automotive, Aviation & Space, Computing, Engineering, Gadgets, Green Tech, Home Entertainment, Security, Home Tech, Health, and Recreation.


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