Cardboard Mechanics is an art and design installation created by four students of the Utrecht School of Art and Technology. The Amsterdam-based design and art team members are Saskia Freeke, Fin Kingma, Davy Jacobs, and Sonja van Vuur.
The Cardboard Mechanics installation is a clockwork machine built of cardboard and controlled by open source hardware called an Arduino. Arduino is an open source microcontroller board and free software used to make interactive objects.
Implications - Consumers are attracted to products they feel they can make themselves. Designs that utilize everyday materials appeal to shoppers who desire a closer connection to what they purchase. Corporations could focus on this element in order to increase their level of revenue.
Art Installation Uses Open Source Hardware to Control Movement
1. DIY Design - Corporations can tap into the trend of consumers wanting to make their own products by providing DIY design options.
2. Everyday Materials - Designers and manufacturers can capitalize on the appeal of using everyday materials in their products to create a closer connection with customers.
3. Open Source Hardware - The use of open source hardware, like Arduino, presents opportunities for innovation in creating interactive objects.
1. Art and Design - Art and design industries can explore incorporating open source hardware and everyday materials to create unique and interactive installations.
2. Consumer Goods - Manufacturers in the consumer goods industry can develop DIY design options that allow customers to customize their products using everyday materials.
3. Education - The education industry can incorporate open source hardware like Arduino into the curriculum to teach students about interactive design and manipulation of everyday materials.