cardboard computers and plotter by niklas roy
cardboard computers and plotter by niklas roy cardboard computers and plotter by niklas roy
feb 25, 2013

cardboard computers and plotter by niklas roy

‘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 cardboardvideo courtesy roybotiks



niklas roy’s cardboard plotting dials



cardboard plotter in action



controlling the plotter



construction overview



‘hello world’



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

  • Very very cool!

    alexej liapunov says:
  • As an engineer and origami enthusiast I must say I love it!

    brian egenriether says:

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