Think with Google: Roland Ellis

By Krisi

Bringing production back to city is one of the key goals of Makerversity, by creating processes that allow a business to be dynamic we are seeing a rise of members who are able provide products that no-one else can. Excitingly, a 1000 unit production line has just reached completion from within our Somerset House workshops. The project from member, Roland Ellis, commissioned by the huge ‘do everything’ corporation, brings physical tech and interaction to their latest website and in turn encourages user-engagement. The project would result in a new innovative way of book binding.

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Working with another member, John Nussey (our very own Arduino specialist and author of Arduino for Dummies), as well as MultiAdapter and Artists & Engineers, the group realised that interaction would be the key. From here, they concluded that pencil and paper is still the most tactile and obvious way of making your mark. R&J built their ideas around this action but with a goal of sending signals through the interface to a computer. This would hopefully encourage the use of the new website.

What matters in an interface?

What matters in an interface?

Arduino powered boards ready to be binded

Most impressively, once prototyped by John and Roland, Roland would have to scale production and create jigs, racks and testing apparatus to fulfil the 1000 unit order, all within our workshop.

Fast drying racks built by Roland

Fast drying racks built by Roland

10 stage binding process in full flow

10 stage binding process in full flow

The units contain a reusable Arduino (by snapping out one of chips), conductive ink (similar to Bare Conductive), traditional paper binding techniques, lytho printing, screen printing and across the 1000 units there are over 7.4 million punched holes.

Binding plates

Binding plates, stage 4 of the process

"Hack me" by snapping out one of the chips the Arduino is now reusable

“Hack me” by snapping out one of the chips the Arduino is now reusable

Screen printing

Screen printing

Testing conductive inks

Testing conductive inks

The interface will link to a computer and a user can mark the notepad with a pencil, relaying signals to the computer confirming choices. Once all the choices are made a curated ‘page’ will be presented.

Test jig at Makerversity workshop

Test jig at Makerversity workshop

This is as much of the finished product we can show you at this point

The initial run ready for delivery

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Posted By Krisi
Managing Director