Dematerialization is a trend- the transport of things that used to be physical and now are bits and bytes downloaded and processed. The iPod is an early example; it integrated our computer, the internet and a convenient, well-designed device to bring music to us without the physical intermediary. We loved the downloadable pinhole camera that demonstrated the possibilities of downloading 3D technology and putting it together; we have droned on about flatpack made-to-order local furniture. Now we are beginning to see talented designers producing things that we can download and make at home, shortcircuiting the entire expensive production, transport and sales process that consumes so much energy. An example of what is coming down the pipe ( in the very near future ) are these designs that you can download and assemble yourself. (We were going to start with the fantastic Cardboy calendar, but the designer has determined that it is "sold out") So we will go straight to Readymech.
"Readymechs are free flatpack toys for you to print and build. They are designed to fit on an 8.5"x11" page and printed with any printer. You’ll need double-sided tape, thick matte paper, and 10-15 minutes for build time." They appear to have been developed by Fwis, "a graphic design group in Portland, Denver, and Brooklyn" ::Readymech
There appears to be an entire ecosystem of downloadable, foldable toys, including the free Speakerdogs "Ben’s Speakerdog character is available in 3 formats, Original, Santadog and Blank so that you can dress up Speakerdog anyway you like. Make sure you download Ben’s first paper toy and support a great emerging artist."
Soon we will all have CNC labs from Sears on our desks and will be downloading 3D, but this is a fairly exciting introduction to how design and technology will make downloading products as easy as music. ::NotCot and ::Urban Retro