When Israeli designer Izhar Gafni heard about a canoe that had been made out of cardboard, he was amazed and a little unsettled. What he found so interesting was the fact that a lightweight, seemingly flimsy and disposable packaging material such as cardboard, if used differently could become durable, waterproof and super strong. What would be the ultimate engineering challenge for this material? To make a fully functional bike!
Everyone told him it was impossible, but this only encouraged him to try harder. Watch the video to hear his story.
3 years of design and prototyping later, Gafni emerged triumphant in the last few weeks to show his fully functional working prototype which is now being developed for production with investors. Incredibly clever design and engineering give it strength, and a complete resin coating gives it durability. It's super-light, can hold a person weighing up to 136 kilos, and costs just US $9 of materials to produce.
Amazing! Good luck with the next phase Izhar, we'll be watching out for the launch date!