Second, this is rad! Maybe we're getting cynical or a bit lost in history, but the idea that for about what lunch costs lately a kid (chronological or spiritual) can get a website to send them something totally custom is pretty awesome. Think hard about how long this has even been practical to do at all, much less as a tiny upstart.
Oh, and it appears to be a successful Kickstarter project... so it's nice to see evidence of those.
I'm sure most of HN visitors would be able to do the same. Not sure if you should patch it, though: your target audience will surely won't do things like that, and visualization is already a complex beast.
Anyway, thanks for the free foldable design (:
The concept doesn't live or die on the everyone coming in contact with it having enough integrity to either pay for it or pass, if nobody paid for it that would be a problem of course but the fact that you, flixic, figured out how to not pay isn't really much more of an issue than someone jumping the gate at the subway, or sneaking into the back of a movie theater.
I know it is not a laser cutter (it uses a miniature blade), but you can take existing artwork or printouts and get really nice cuts with the software and USB. It can also score, for the folding portions.
I've used it for similar projects (kirigami - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirigami) and glass etching (making stencils). Not bad for less than $300.
Anyways, awesome site and a cool idea. I wish you guys much success!
Hah I tease, I tease. But seriously though.
And since I have a hand down on the image, I can personnalize it to be me even more. Heisenberg is my go-to t-shirt http://i.imgur.com/BwQU9.png
foldable.me goes viral as friends see their friends use the site. You end up with tons of people using the site who would never consider paying $12 for a piece of coloured cardboard...
but once they get an emotional attachment to their avatar you can follow up with some lifecycle emails to convert them into a purchasing customer.
You could also have a feature where friends could gift their foldable.me to other friends.
Edit: Maybe remote teams can print out all your coworkers so they keep you company.
 Suggestion from : "Uma Thurman's analytical, diagnostic, and motivational skills were amazing."
That was almost my first thought on seeing this :-)
Just like twitter "idea" of publicly broadcasting 140 chars is trivial to make, but the whole "twitter" isn't.
Not to say that this particular project is, although it does look a bit faddish to me.
Might also consider a family pack. Don't know if these family stickers are popular in the UK, but they are everywhere here in the states. http://www.familystickers.com/
EDIT: You should also make some animal shapes for pets!
note~ "kanban" already includes the notion of a board, so "kanban board" is sort of like "PIN number".
看板 (kanban) = "signboard";
板 (ita) = "board"
From a wikipedia glance, "kanban" was used here in the sense of a particular process-control method, and although the term "kanban" here is pretty clearly derived from 看板, I suppose now it could be considered a distinct term.
Still, "kanban board" really sounds redundant...
I'd pay $$ to have a 3d printout of my XBOX 360 avatar...perhaps even with articulating appendages.
For all the people saying you could download the files and do it yourself, I say sure. You could do that. But you could also send something nice to someone in the mail at some point in the future as a surprise. People like getting mail. Real mail. Ya you could put it in the mail yourself, but will you? $12 is cheeper than a movie in NYC. Totally worth it.
For the team at foldable.me: Great product. I would work on:
-expanding the selections and options
-adding high heel shoes
-allowing someone to upload a head shot and "cartoonize" it. There are some sites that do this... partner with them?
-add different sizes to your cutouts... s/m/l
-animals like dogs, cats, horses, sheep, cows, etc.
Spidey 50th Wobblehead and Old 52: http://blog.patokon.com/2012/06/spidey-50th-wobblehead-and-o...
Captain America and Conan: http://blog.patokon.com/2011/09/marvel-comics-wobbleheads-ca...
Putter King: http://www.slideshare.net/putterking/putter-king-wobblehead
This mechanism gives you an array of 9 random faces to choose from, and asks you to pick the closest one. Using that information, it generates 9 more random faces, but guided towards the features that you've selected. After 10 or 15 rounds of this, you have converged on a near-perfect likeness.
It relies on the fact that I can often tell that a face doesn't quite look like me, but I'm not sure along what parameters. However, when presented with a variant with slightly larger eyes and a variant with slightly smaller eyes, I can immediately select the correct one.
There's PDF and PSD; load it into Photoshop or Illustrator (or whatever works) and have at it.
I've built lots of papercraft toys, and designed a few. Half the fun is in downloading a file, printing it out, cutting it up, and ending up with something tangible.
BTW there's a copyright on this template, too. It looks identical to the Foldable.me figure.
Only smooth & silky hairstyles.
All girls have dainty little noses.
All eyes have folds.
My (interracial) kid felt very welcome...
(!)Edit: I was wrong, skin tone selection is there. Hair/nose remarks stand.
As for the hair, we're aware there are some styles missing and we have more options in the pipeline.
If you want you can send through a photo of the styles you have in mind and I'll pass it onto our illustrator.
Hope that helps.
"Hmm, have I got a round face or a square face? What shape are my ears?" I HAVE NO IDEA.
I'm not totally sure I'd trust myself to give one of these as a gift, though, as I'd end up either creating a likeness of someone that they didn't like, or a completely narcissistic gift of my own likeness. But, hey, best of luck--I bet there are plenty of people who think otherwise!
Lovely 3D animation. Really lovely. I'm always happy to see 3D native on the web.
I think siculars's comment for adding animals is brilliant. I think a lot of people would like a desktop version of their favorite cat or dog :-)
It would be cool if you could get super mini versions that you could hand out as business cards. It's the kind of thing that recipients would definitely show around, and hold on to.
(Also, a ponytail hairstyle would be nice.)
Sales tip: this would make great Christmass Tree ornaments. I imagine a Chrsitmass tree with my whole family represneted as little carboard figures. Lovely.
However I prefer http://facemakr.com/ when it comes to the variations of facial parts.
Bug report: the rotation and bottom scrolling buttons for lists didn't work for me in Chrome.
Of course, this is complete spitballing, I have no idea if it's feasible.
http://www.coastal.com/glasses/frames/derek-cardigan-7016-br... (click Try It On View)
just kidding. awesome work, guys!