With Bonobox, your toys come to life.
Paint them, dress them, give them new faces – Possibilities are only limited by your imagination. Put your iPhone inside Bonobox and see how your toys come alive!
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Bonobox creates a link between the digital and the real world. That’s how an amazing result out of simple material is created, that captures your imagination immediately.
One of my most popular papercraft models is the Mini 3D Projection. It uses an idea from the 18th century, to create the illusion of a luminous 3D projection that floats in space. An iPhone is put on the paper model, and a transparent foil only mirrors things that are bright, not the black screen. So, wheels and the street are projected on a paper car below the phone. Simple yet striking.
The idea to combine that old technique with an iPhone, has a lot more to offer though. The Mini 3D Projection does only show one animation forever. What if you could not only change the figure, but also paint it yourself? I developed a model from corrugated cardboard, that allows everything that is put inside the box, to come to life.
· B U I L D ·
Bonobox is designed for being shipped in a flat envelope. With the aid of the animated instructions in the app, you build your own box at home.
· I M A G I N E ·
Put any toy figure inside Bonobox, take a picture of it, and get creative with the drawing board in the companion app. Put your iPhone inside Bonobox, and your drawing gets mirrored as a three-dimensional hologram right onto the figure. You can see it in real life, fully animated! You can further use another iPhone or iPad to paint it via remote control.
· P L A Y ·
There are 3 games included: 2-player table tennis, basketball and archery, all made of cardboard. The games are played by tapping on the table, what the sensitive gyroscope of the iPhone registers.
Bonobox is being developed in Germany, and all parts for it are produced in Germany. In order to use it, you need an iPhone 4S or better. Android is not yet supported.
My name is Philipp Stollenmayer, and I am a designer. I am focused on two things: apps and papercraft.
My apps for iOS and Android have been downloaded 8 million times by happy users. I treat everybody with respect, and that gets me some helpful feedback. This helps me making an awesome app for Bonobox.
On my site kamibox.de, I offer free paper toys, automata and figures. Everyone can download, print and build one of the 35 models.
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How does it work?
With the companion app, you take a picture of your figure. Then you draw and stamp on the drawing board.
When the iPhone is put inside Bonobox, it displays the mirrored drawing and animates it.
Only the bright, non-black parts are mirrored by the special foil...
...and the drawing appears on the real figure – animated, luminous and floating in space.
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· 2013 ·
2013, I was shown a technology called magic screen, which gave life to Tupac. On a small scale, it works just as well on a smartphone. For my site kamibox.de, I made a paper model of a small car with a holographic driver.
· Jan 15 ·
I make sketches and find out that my initial plan, to use an iPad instead of an iPhone, wouldn’t work because of perspective issues. The solution: Instead of drawing on one half of the iPad and showing the projection on the other (fig. 1), the iPhone is now used for both, consecutively — Or, if you have 2 devices, "split screen" at the same time.
· Feb 15 ·
I visit the factory that should eventually die-cut the Bonoboxes. The kind boss appears confident and gives me some hints for the right kind of cardboard, and a lot material to experiment with. I drive home with a car consisting 50% of paper.
· Mar 15 ·
After a few prototypes, I develop a print- and cut-template proudly. Like Google cardboard, I rely on plug connections. I am surprised how well everything runs, especially because I didn’t pay anything yet.
· Apr 15 ·
The prototype is advanced enough, so I begin with sketches and mockups of the app. I think of a few games and how on earth it should be possible to control them without touching the phone.
· May 15 ·
Terrified, I notice that the acrylic glass that I wanted to use makes a double reflection. When I think about it now, it seems quite obvious. The search for alternatives is dull. In the end, I decide to use a foil that is tucked between the cardboard to make it stable.
· Jun 15 ·
The app and the CI are almost done. Because I am not a programmer but a designer and tutorial-taught hobby coder, I have a bad-tempered week with the implementation of the iPad remote control working with WiFi, questioning once again if this would ever work (It did).
· Jul 15 ·
The kind boss from the cardboard factory calls and tells me he could not produce my template. The gaps between the blades are too narrow. I am terrified once again and ask him how Google does that with cardboad. He doesn’t know. I look nationwide for a new cardboard die-cutter and find exactly one that fulfills my needs. I am delighted and soon receive my first machine-plotted design.
· Aug 15 ·
I make a detailed 3D model for the teaser and the instructions. The first user test reveals a few traps, but nothing that couldn’t be fixed. I commission the cutting die, the first investment that I would make.
· Today ·
I want to order a first batch of 3.150 pieces. From all required parts (double sided tape, envelopes, ...), the cardboard including printing and die-cutting is the most expensive one, and I need support for that.
Risks and challenges
I give my best to be able to send the first 3.000 Bonoboxes as quickly as I can. I plan to send them still in 2015.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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