OrigamiPod : icPod for everyone

Ref. : @blog, OrigamiPod v. 0

Origami (折り紙) means a folding paper in Japanese. And a pod is a 5×3 index card holder that plays a key role in the PoIC system. Let’s make it by ourselves!

First, download the OrigamiPod Template, then print out on 3 sheets of A4 size paper. A paper should not be too thin or too thick. Find appropriate paper that bears open-close action of the accordion. I found a paper I use here was still thin. Choose thicker paper like this when you try. I include legend and brief instruction.

Cut everything piece by piece, along solid lines. Before start folding, I recommend to put guide line. It makes easy following folding procedure, especially accordion part. Use tip of cutter knife (not blade) for this. But don’t do too strong. If you made guide line, the folding process won’t take no more than 5 minutes. After folding main part, let’s start accordion part. After folding everything, check whether everything is fit before paste. Trim, in case it is too tight.

Put rubber adhesive on gray area and assemble everything including divider. Hold using clothespin until adhesive dry. It takes some time to dry the adhesive. Have a coffee break!

Let’s open accordions now. It is usual remnant adhesive sticks somewhere else. Be careful. Just opened OrigamiPod is like a frog come out of hibernation. Do warming up exercises, open-close action slowly.

Put index cards inside at last. I designed it to keep center of gravity high so the pod stands without support. I think this OrigamiPod is good not only as a pod, but also as a simplified dock on desktop.

Even you already have icPod, Modified Moleskine Memo Pockets, it is good to understand a mechanism of the characteristic accordion. And you will see how much effort had been focused on development of such marvelous masterpiece. I must say that is in a state-of-the-art. Perhaps the OrigamiPod changes your view point for the Moleskine, too.

I give a minimum parts in this template so that you can customize as you want.

Let’s make OrigamiPod!

Download : OrigamiPod Template (PDF, 1.2 MB)

8 thoughts on “OrigamiPod : icPod for everyone

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  4. Jan

    Wow Hawk! This is fantastic. Can’t wait to try it out. But right now I’m here to say you’ve been tagged! So come on over to my blog to check out the details.

  5. Johan G

    Somewhat off topic:

    Interestingly enough the clothespins look exactly the same in Sweden. The wooden ones even seem to outlive the plastic ones.

    Are the wooden clothespins with a retaining spring, like the ones pictured holding together the OrigamiPod while the glue dries common in Japan too?

  6. Hawk Post author


    A plastic one is more common in Japan.

    I found wooden one at imported goods store, and I like it. :)

  7. bandsxbands

    Reading these kind of posts reminds me of just how technology truly is ever-present in this day and age, and I think it is safe to say that we have passed the point of no return in our relationship with technology.

    I don’t mean this in a bad way, of course! Ethical concerns aside… I just hope that as memory gets less expensive, the possibility of uploading our brains onto a digital medium becomes a true reality. It’s a fantasy that I dream about every once in a while.

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