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Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
About this project
"Neat chipboard wallet is cheap, green and functional.." -Cult of Mac
"...you’ll still get a fair amount of satisfaction from putting together your own Chipwallet just the way you like it. -GearHungry
Chipwallet is a truly innovative wallet. It comes to you as a flat board with individual plates and an woven elastic band. It’s put together by you by simply releasing the plates from the board.
Chipwallet is a unique and totally different concept because it uses a common material in an unexpected way. Chipboard is a strong post-consumer recycled material typically used for shipping and packaging. Chipboard is durable, natural and sustainable. It looks great and feels great to the touch.
There’s something about putting a project together yourself, it brings a sense of ownership different from getting something off the shelf. It somehow become uniquely yours.
Chipwallet is beyond a product purchase, from the moment you receive it, it invites you to a process of making and transforming, a simple bonding perhaps with something you will carry every day.
Each Chipwallet board contains 4 plates and a woven band for you to create your perfect wallet: 2 cover plates, a cash/miscellaneous plate and a plate for two standard house keys.You decide which plates you need and pop them out from the board. Use only the two cover plates with credit card access, or with a cash plate to carry your dollar bills, or with keys plate, or all together in your wallet.
What makes Chipwallet different?
Chipwallet is made from recycled material and has COOL DESIGN element to your everyday carry
Comes in a FLAT POP-OUT card that you put together
Modular. Included interchangeable plates let you configure and switch plates out to fit your daily carry style
Versatile & Slim. Carry up to 12 cards, keys and cash in a compact package
DRAW ON IT! Personalize it, you can draw on it. Tell your story, doodle, write and make a notes on it. Or, leave it blank
Customize what you carry for the day. Included interchangeable plates let you configure and switch plates out to fit your daily carry and access items you use most often. Each Chipwallet board has 4 plates, choose items you want to carry and insert the plate(s) to the wallet. You can carry credit cards, cash and keys, or just carry credit cards and cash, the choice is yours.
Configure plates for quick access items
Chipwallet's modular plates lets you decide which items you use most often and thus need direct access to. If you need quick access to keys, put that plate on the outside. If the keys are back up set, put the keys plate in-between the credit cards.
Same with cash, you can choose to have the cash plate as a hidden storage between your cards, or directly easily accessible from one side of the wallet. With the recessed design, your cash will not add bulk to the wallet.The plate is 1.2mm thick and will fit up to 4 folded dollar bills flushed.
The cash/miscellaneous card has a cavity perfect to fit one or a few folded dollar bills, memory cards like SD cards/SIM cards, mini membership cards, floss, or any other small flat items.
Chipwallet is a minimalists' wallet at its core. So each element is carefully considered, designed and executed. The details are simple yet elegant and functional, and the material of the wallet complement that "less is more" philosophy. The texts on the plates are debossed and not printed.
• Easy access to your cards from both sides
• Interchangeable plates let you choose what you want to carry each day
• Tiny and lightweight yet able to fit 2-12 cards, plus coins, keys and cash
• Arrives in a flat envelope, no unnecessary packaging
• Patent pending design
Ultra-lightweight and slim, say bye to the old ways of carrying your cards and cash. Chipwallet feels great in your hand and in your pocket because of its size and weight. You will not go back to the traditional wallet after experiencing Chipwallet. This is a wallet that you will love to carry everyday.
The process of making creates a bond, this is your wallet: use it, personalize it and when you are done, recycle it guilt-free.
Chipwallet will be made combining recycled materials, thoughtful design, and a stringent process that creates a beautiful, high quality product. The final product has natural feel and beautiful uniform finish.
Choose from 4 attractive color bands
What is chipboard?
Chipboard is most commonly used in shipping boxes and packaging, made from recycled paper and wood waste. It is durable, strong and a beautiful material that feels great to the touch. It is also an incredibly honest material, our chipboard is natural and contains no dye and is 100% recyclable. Our elastic band is checkered woven from the highest quality cotton and polyester.
How strong is it?
We picked 1.2mm thick, high-density boards (650-800kg/m3). Chipboard is a proven material most commonly used to protect fragile items.
How durable is chipboard?
The chipboard we use is an industrial-grade chipboard. It is used in construction, car manufacturing and shipping. It's strong, lightweight and easy to work with.
Doodle on it, tell a story, gift it, go ahead. Draw a message and give it as a truly unique gift to your friends, family or loved ones. Tell a story or keep it blank, make it anyway you want it, make it about you.
The Design and Manufacturing Process
Chipwallet is made from both dye-cut and laser cut parts. The texts on the plates are beautifully debossed. We first select the type of chipboards and density, from there the boards are cut into the final size and the individual plates are then die-cut and texts put in place.
Prototypes: We went through many iterations to find the perfect combination for the plate functions, various ways to hold the cards and items, and how to access them easily yet securely.
We gave a few to some friends and they all love the look and feel of our lightweight wallet.
Early ideas include "themed plates" like Traveller's plate, Photogropher's plate, function specific plates that carry specific items like SD cards, SIM cards with paperclip and even coins cards. In the end, we decided to make the cash/miscellaneous card that can hold folded dollar bills and other flat items as it is the most versatile option.
About Chipwallet. Co
We are a 3 person team based in Irvine, CA. We create products that we want to use but can’t find them in the market. We love to design products using combining common materials/methods and bring them to new unexpected uses.
So help us bring this unique item to the market and become part of the process in bringing cool things to others.
Even though we have designed a product that is aimed at simplicity of use and production, there will still be challenges and risks. We aim to manufacture this product in the United States, so we anticipate the cost to be higher. Another challenge is to make the product as high quality as possible, ensuring each and every detail, edge finish, and logo stamp looks great. Lastly will be adhering to the delivery schedule, we are at a very advanced prototype stage and have worked with vendors to ensure we allow enough lead time for tooling and set-up plus manufacturing/packaging time.