Roll-your-own pencils

I love gadget blogs. This time I found ANOTHER concept product, and while it looks like it isn’t as far along as the one I posted last week, it’s cooler and more useful. Behold, the P&P Office Waste Paper Processor:

According to their post on Yanko Design, this would convert old waste paper into pencils — just add graphite, glue and power:

P&P Office Waste Paper Processor is one of those things that you wish you knew how it works, but dang! no reasonable explanation provided at all! Maybe it’s a deliberate attempt on the designer teams’ part, because their idea is a surefire hit! What this lovely machine does is that it converts all those useless memos on your table to something useful: A Pencil! Paper goes in from one end and come out shaped like a sexy writing tool! Sexy enough an idea to bag a Liteon Award as well!

I would be concerned about the type of paper going into the machine — we know that newspaper can convert to a pencil fairly well, but office paper? Obviously, it’s still a concept, but I would love to see more detail on how they would turn a stiff, crinkly piece of standard #24 paper into a pencil barrel, without making it seem like you were writing, well, with a rolled-up piece of paper.

More pictures from Yanko Design below.

3 thoughts on “Roll-your-own pencils

  1. Interesting. But isn’t just “another” gadget to add in the huge pile of un-necessary gadgets? I don’t want to be a Green Warrior here, but.
    Should be fun though. Stick a plain pencil in, get wrapped-up out… I can see the appeal.

  2. Having been in the field myself, I’ve always seen Yanko as that kid in primary school who was drawing futuristic fighter jets without any knowledge of physics or engineering.

    Sometimes they get lucky with something simple enough to be almost feasible, but most of the time it’s best to just dismiss them.

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