10 of the best cardboard gadgets
A flat packed kit that requires self-assembly, the Berlin Boombox is named after the city in which it was conceived (by designer Axel Pdaener). Made from recycled cardboard, the Boombox comes in one black and white finish – the idea being you can break out the Sharpies and customise its look. There are two 5W speakers, a 3.5mm stereo input and it runs off three AA batteries.
Cardboard boxes can be strong because of their structure, but this bicycle required years of perfecting in order to stand up to the weight of a human. Israeli inventor Izhar Gafni also treats the material with a secret formula to make it water- and fireproof, then finally coats it in lacquer paint. It contains no metal parts whatsoever, and should cost no more than US$20 to buy; mass production will begin in a few months.
The brainchild of industrial design student Jake Tyler (who now works full-time for Vax), the Ev is made from recycled and recyclable material, mostly cardboard, and currently exists as a working prototype. Yes – it really does suck. Vax is planning trials in the near future, though – so it could become and actual product in the next few years.
Kid Koala’s 12 Bit Blues
Buy the limited edition of the Canadian DJ’s latest release and you’ll get one heck of an extra in the box: a build-it-yourself cardboard gramophone and a playable disc. Fit a pin to the cone, spin the disc with your hand and you’ll hear something special.
IKEA Knappa camera
A skinny, simple cardboard camera designed to be recycled after taking 30 shots, the Knappa is actually digital, and transfers photos to your computer using a swing-out USB arm. It’s not available to buy, but given to selected customers in IKEA’s retail stores.