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Paper-Robo is Flash application that allows users to design and build their own action figures. They are made from paper and have joints at the hips, knees, wrists and ankles.
This project is largely influenced by Kami-Robo, the brainchild of Tomohiro Yasui. Yasui started crafting paper robots in 1982, at age 11, because he couldn’t bear the thought of playing with his precious store-bought bots. So he used cardboard, scissors, wire, tape, and markers to construct his own durable automatons.
Others like paperrobots1999.com have followed in Yasui’s footsteps, creating intricate robots that can transform into vehicles.
Paper-Robo takes this concept of paper craft a step further, by allowing users to customize their own robots without the need of special software or predefined designs. Users can create, preview, print and save their designs using a standard web browser.
Paper-Robo cannot be bought in stores. The designs are a product of one’s imagination and have no commercial value. You have to make them yourself and each robot design is unique.