Cardboard is one of the most common-place materials we have around, and it’s estimated US consumers each recycle about 72 pounds of it annually. Paper and magazines waste is closer to 100 pounds per person. Fortunately, most of it goes back to making more cardboard and other paper products,with over 93% being reused.
In technology, their is virtually no cardboard or paper used in the actual product. Typically, you would only find it in the shipping and packaging.
But what if that could change? What if instead of metal, plastic and glass there was a way to use cardboard and paper? Here we look at some of the more innovative things that are being done with cardboard in our tech world.
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The zoom function on the IKEA KNÄPPA involves moving the camera – hah!
Designed by Jesper Kouthoofd, the eco-friendly, recyclable camera is made out of one piece of folded cardboard which is secured by two plastic screws. A single circuit board holds all the electronics, camera sensor and integrated USB connector. There is a combined on/off and shutter button on the front – holding it down for a few seconds turns the KNÄPPA on or off and a “firm click” takes a photo.
And not to be outdone, Pizza Hut had a promotion with a playable DJ pizza box, which connects via bluetooth to your Apple iPhone or iPad.
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