Falling somewhere in the “really cool idea” category, this fully-automatic, working photo booth is made entirely out of cardboard. Everything from the outside to the gears, cogs and belts that make up the innards is all cardboard and 100% automatic. To use the machine all you have to do is insert your cardboard token and then sit perfectly still while the box exposes, develops and fixes a silver-gelatin photograph of you and yours. Read more…
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There was a collective groan from hipster photographers around the world last month after it was revealed that IKEA had no plans to start selling its KNÄPPA cardboard camera to the general public. If you were one of the lucky few who got your hands on one of the cameras, you’ll be happy to know that the free handout you snagged is increasing in value. Earlier today one of the cameras was auctioned off for about $100 over on eBay. Another listing went up shortly afterward and has already been bid up to ~$48 with two days to go. Not bad for a dirt cheap camera made out of cardboard, eh?IKEA needs to jump on the opportunity and start selling these things in stores — the demand is obviously there.
Earlier this week a photograph of a mysterious IKEA digital camera crafted out of cardboard took the web by storm. Now more details are emerging and we now know that the camera is very much real. It will be called KNÄPPA, and was designed in collaboration with Stockholm’s Teenage Engineering. Billed as “the world’s cheapest digital camera”, the KNÄPPA is made out of a single piece of folded cardboard, a single circuit board, a camera sensor, and an integrated USB connector.
Check out this strange looking digital camera made by IKEA out of cardboard. It was included as part of a press kit at an event in Europe recently, and apparently the “disposable” camera might go on sale sometime soon in IKEA stores. It uses two AA batteries and stores up to 40 photographs in the built-in memory. Images can be downloaded to your computer using the USB connection that swings out from one of the corners of the camera.
Want to improve the quality of the photos captured using your DSLR’s popup flash? Tina (AKA synthetic_meat) discovered that the cardboard box that came with a particular brand of chocolate had a nice silver lining on the inside — perfect for making a mirrored bounce reflector! After some cutting, scoring, and folding, she came up with a DIY Lightscoop clone that lets you bounce your onboard flash off the ceiling or wall for softer and more appealing images. You can download the free template to make your own in both A4 and Letter formats.
Mechanical engineer and Flickr user Some Guy (Art) was bored at his job where picture taking was explicitly disallowed, so he did what any rebellious photo-fanatic would do: build a makeshift camera out of trash! Bringing $5 worth of parts (e.g. dowels, bolts, super glue) from home, he successfully turned some machine core — which he calls “cardboard toilet paper tube on steroids” — into a 35mm pinhole camera.
If you’ve tried to scan film using an ordinary flatbed scanner as you would a piece of paper, you’ve probably discovered that it didn’t turn out very well. The reason is because film needs to be illuminated from behind, while conventional scanners capture light that’s reflected off what they’re scanning. Before you give up hope and shell out money for a film scanner, here’s some good news: you can build a cheap and simple cardboard adapter that turns any scanner into a film scanner!
Update: This giveaway is now over. The winner was randomly selected and announced below.
This week we’re doing a smaller giveaway just for fun, but the prize can only be shipped to addresses in the US (sorry international readers!). We’re giving away the two Sharan cardboard pinhole camera kits that we featured here a while back. The Std-35e shoots normal 35mm images and is worth $25, while the Wide-35 does panoramic photos.
To enter this giveaway, all you need to do is:
Link us to a favorite photo of yours taken in 2011
There are two ways to enter, and doing both methods will give you 2 entries in the contest, and thus double the chance the win!
- Leave your response as a comment on this post
- Tweet your response, and include the following link to this post anywhere in the tweet: http://j.mp/sharan
As long as the link appears in the tweet, you’ll be automatically entered in the contest.
This contest will end Sunday, April 2, 2011. We’ll randomly pick a winner using random.org and update this post. Good luck!
Update: This giveaway is now over. We received 31 comment entries and 17 Tweet entries for 48 entries overall. The randomly selected winners are…
#2: John Dunahoo (STD-35e)
#24: Michael Wilson (Wide-35)
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize (we’re contacting you as well).
Thanks to everyone who entered! Please stay tuned for more awesome giveaways!
A big thanks to Brooklyn5and10 for providing the prize for this giveaway!