‘cardboard computers and plotters’ by niklas roy
in an electronic media class taught by german artist niklas roy at the school of art and design offenbach,
a series of programmed cardboard computers were constructed – working on the fundamental question
of how to build communication networks from scratch – with rubber bands, rope and cardboard.
the workshop resulted in a series of different interactive devices, including a masterclock, speedway pro
1000 racing game, crank operated punch card reader, fully operating NAND gate and a plotter –
designed by niklas himself.
made out of durable finnish cardboard, the plotter is conceived with axles and slide rails made out of welding rod.
the entire system is connected with super glue, adhesive tape and tie wraps. the interface is built two rotary dials
and a switch, which move in an x and y position – lifting the pen as it renders low resolution vector graphics.
for more information about the student’s final results see here.
plotter made out of cardboard
video courtesy roybotiks
niklas roy’s cardboard plotting dials
cardboard plotter in action
controlling the plotter
jonas von ronström’s speedway pro 1000 arcade driving game
tilmann aechtner masterclock
crank operated punch card reader
fully functioning NAND gate
communication network with four stations and an information distribution knot by anne euler and nikolas schmidt-pfähler
minimalist angry birds-like shooting game by joonsun kim