“Do it yourself”: technology with cardboard accessories

“Do it yourself”: technology with cardboard accessories

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"We liked the contrast between cardboard, a natural and traditional material, and technological objects" and thus the collection of accessories for tablets and smartphones was born "Do-it-yourself”That IlVespaio created for Comieco. Four objects have been designed, which can be created by everyone, complete with video tutorials to build them, and other objects are coming from the creative environmentalists of IlVespaio: it will be the turn of games for children and accessories for the home.

1) Who are you and how was your collaboration with Comieco born?

The Vespaio is a network of professionals who deal with eco-design and sustainability at 360 °. We have been collaborating with Comieco and recently we created the DIY Comieco project together! The designers of ilVespaio have designed a series of accessories for smartphones and tablets by reusing cardboard packaging. Aroproductions he then made videos that explain to users how to make objects themselves.

2) Popwrap: what is it for? How is it made and with what material?

Popwrap is a cable reel for headphones designed by Sebastiano Ercoli and Alessandro Garlandini that can be made by cutting a cardboard under-cake. All you need is a cutter, scotch tape, a hammer and a nail and a pinch of dexterity.

3) Ampli-nic: what is it for? What effect can you get at the volume level?

Amplic-nic is a DIY mini amplifier for smartphones, designed by Stefano Castiglioni. Building it is very simple. You just need to have the necessary amount of cardboard (equivalent to an A4 sheet) and a plastic bottle. Once the material has been retrieved, the pdf with the components drawing is downloaded and printed, then the video is followed for the cutting of the parts and the assembly. The amplification is immediately perceptible, even if it has never been measured in terms of decibels with special instruments. Fun is having multiple Amplic-nics built with different bottles and hearing how the different frequencies are amplified depending on the shape of the bottle used.

4) And plug? How is it built and what is achieved?

Pin is a simple support for charging the mobile phone, designed by Sebastiano Ercoli and Alessandro Garlandini. To build it, just eat a nice plate of spaghetti, retrieve the box, print the template and cut the cardboard following the instructions in the video tutorial.

5) IPap: tell us what is needed and how it is made, the time it takes and the materials used.

iPap is a lectern for tablets that allows you to read or watch a movie thanks to two different positions. It can be made in twenty minutes with a corrugated cardboard box and common tools.

6) Why did you choose to make accessories for mobile phones? How did you choose the objects?

We liked the contrast between the cardboard, natural and traditional material, and technological objects. Usually the accessories for smartphones and tablets are disposable plastic products and come from China: we thought it was better to self-produce them with waste to reduce the waste of resources and to spend a fun afternoon with the family.

7) In what other contexts and with what other materials is it possible to create useful objects?

In any context and with any material! In the past, we have made objects by reusing all kinds of production waste: knobs from discarded appliances, polylaminate cardboard from milk cartons, scraps of wood, coffee packaging, boat sails, advertising banners. Each material and each waste has its characteristics, its strengths and its defects. We are now working on re-use children's toys and home accessories.


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