FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

General

How did the idea for instagami® come about?


The idea for instagami® was borne of a ‘necessity’. It was its inventor's [Barbara Vinecombe] way for steering her mind away from ‘depression’. She did so by focusing her mind completely on creating a new, unique greeting card experience that could be interactively transformed into a 3D physical image …with a built-in ‘wow’ factor. Initially, in a design to suit an 'angel artwork', Barbara imagined her instagami® origami card ‘flying’ all over the world, inspiring people and conveying messages of peace, hope and happiness.




When did instagami® start?


Barbara started working on developing instagami® in 2005.




Where does the name ‘instagami®’ come from?


'instagami®' is a blend of the words ‘instant’ (insta) and ‘origami’ (gami).




Why was instagami® patented?


1. The novelty of instagami® needed official validation. IP protection was also needed for its 'one-of-a-kind' mechanics (how it works) applications, including the uniqueness of an interactive origami 'greeting' card;

2. 10% of the profits from worldwide sales of instagami® is being donated to charitable causes, including for helping innovative ventures, and community, land regeneration, and other worthwhile projects.

3. 100% of the net proceeds [of specially designed instagami® fundraising initiatives] will be made available to NFP organisations with a need for a specific-purpose funding.

In the interest of protecting exclusiveness and uniqueness in our commercial and charitable endeavours, we chose to secure IP protection for instagami® in all major world regions.




Is instagami® different from digital greeting cards?


Yes. instagami® is ‘IS physical , NOT digital'. It is an interactive 3D origami card. [The 3D transformation is instantly done …by you.]




Is instagami® unique and different from traditional paper greeting cards that ‘open & shut’ or ‘pop up’?


To some degree... YES! instagami® adds a ‘New Dimension’ to art expression and to the conveying of one’s feelings through art. instagami®i is 'physical', it's interactive… instagami® ‘bends, intrigues, and excites the mind’

The following quote by Pam Danziger (President of Unity Marketing Inc in Pennsylvania, USA) could well describe instagami® in a 'nut shell':

“Traditional greeting cards were an early 20th century marketing solution designed around technology and consumer expectations from the early 1900’s. The consumer needs that greeting cards were once created to fill, haven’t gone away, BUT the market is ripe for someone to come along with a new 21st century solution that fills that same consumer need today.” Is instagami® this 21st Century Solution?




Are all instagami® really made from only one piece of paper?


Yes! A tough one to believe, but all instagami® origami cards are created from one single flat piece of paper* that you transform into a 3D image…instantly! The

A transformed instagami® can reveal landscapes, oceanscapes, flora, fauna, landmarks, fantasy, ships and airplanes, football teams, critters and creatures, and so on. For instagami® artwork and design, there are no boundaries to imagination.

*Wherever possible, 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper is used.




How does an instagami® work?


Easily! You simply bend, lock, peel, flip and stick to reveal what the instagami® design/artwork expresses. WOW! instagami® ‘bends, intrigues, and excites the mind!’ ...and it leaves smiling faces wherever it goes!




What does an instagami®’s ‘WOW’ factor feel like?


It’s an experience to be had. You’ve just got to do one up and send/give one to experience that feeling!




For very special occasions such as anniversaries, are there special instagami® origami cards?


instagami® products are already special ...but for VERY special occasions, please submit your enquiry to hello@instagami.com - together let's see what we can create.




What other artwork and designs have you in mind for instagami®?


Plenty! Walt Disney started with just a mouse ─ Barbara, started with an angel!

We see the instagami® range in the near future to include Angels, Fairies, Rabbits, and Dragons artwork and designs. As we grow, our art-design adaptations will have something for everybody. Abstracts, animals, cities and landmarks (like Corcovado in Rio, the Grand Canyon in the USA, Eiffel Tower in Paris, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney).




What are the ‘special effects’ applied to instagami®… are they biodegradable and eco-friendly?


Our award-winning embellisher craftsmen will skillfully design the embossing dies of each instagami® range. The embossing process requires two dies: one that is raised and one that is recessed, with flat paper stock between them. Then… pressure of up to 300 tonnes is instantly applied. Ouch!!! This creates a ‘raised-effect’ to the paper stock bringing life and vibrancy to shapes and colours of the artwork, thereby further enhancing the artist’s artwork.

Now you know how instagami®’s special effects are created. We do not use any non-biodegradable material (more information in Environmental and Community Responsibilities section of this FAQ).




Where is instagami® located?


Cairns, Queensland, Australia. After launch in Australia, it could be in your country too!




What other instagami® products will you have besides the ones in your shop?


After launch, and we become full on production, we will progressively roll out…

  • Other instagami design ranges, such as our ‘G.O.D.’ (Gradients of Difficulty) range; and

  • Innovative instagami® adaptations to gift cards, storybooks, colouring books, wedding and party invitations, table setting cards, educational books and more.




Where will instagami® products be manufactured?


  • Initially, products are being manufactured and shipped by our manufacturing/logistics partners in Melbourne, Australia.

  • After we launch and are operating fully, products will be locally manufactured in the regions where most demand exists. Analytics gathered after launch will provide us with this information.




When and where can I purchase instagami® origami cards?


In the 'Shop' section of this website, and at various local weekend markets and stores in the Cairns and Tablelands regions of Far North Queensland. [These locations and the stock range will be trackable in your mobile devices in the near future.]




Is the postage to send an instagami® origami card the lowest possible rate?


YES! The envelope is a ‘Small Letter’ postage category, made from a specially designed die.




Do you ship to anywhere in the world?


Yes. Deliveries can be made to any location in the world serviced by Australia Post.




Do you ship to Post Office Box addresses?


Yes. Up to 15kg per parcel.




How are your shipping fees calculated?


Shipping & Handling fees are Australia Post postage rates plus a nominal charge kept as low as possible to cover packing of the product and delivery to Australia Post. All instagami® product prices ARE inclusive of shipping and handling charges.




I am in the Armed Forces and am posted overseas  ―  What is the delivery time for my purchases?


Please refer to the Administration Office of your Armed Services location for delivery times. You may also nominate an alternative shipping address.




How long before we receive the product(s)?


The estimated delivery time will be shown in the cart with other details of your purchase. You may also purchase the product at a shop near you in the near future.




Is instagami® friendly to Earth’s environment?


YES. All instagami® products use 100% bio-degradable post-consumer waste recycled paper and vegie inks. Please see ‘Environmental and Community Responsibilities’ section of this FAQ.





 
 
 

Artists & Designers

水素の発生量の確認方法はありますか?


はい あります。
ペットボトルに520ccの水を入れて、水を満たした洗面器に
水を入れたペットボトルを逆さに入れます。
その状態で、吸入管の先をペットボトル内に入れてください。
スマホ等でストップウォッチを準備し
水素吸入器のスイッチを入れると同時にストップウオッチを
スタートします。
水素が発生すると、ペットボトル内の水が水素ガスと入れ替わります。
1分ほどでペットボトル内の水がすべて水素ガスと入れ替わります。
約1分で520mlの水素が発生したことになります。




水素濃度を確認する方法はありますか?


水素ガス測定器で測定できますが、高額です。
8万円ほどします。




8000時間経過後、部品交換は可能でしょうか?


はい、SPE電解装置をセットで交換可能です。
費用は、7万円程です。
水素発生量が低下してきたら、交換のサインです。




カニューラは、購入できますか・・・


50個から低価格でご購入できます。
カニューラのページをご覧ください。




水道水を使ったら、どうなりますか?


水の中の不純物が、SPE電解装置に影響して
水素と酸素の分解ができなくなり、最終的に故障いたします。
ミネラルウォーターも使用厳禁です。




何時間も吸入しても大丈夫ですか?


はい、大丈夫です。
人体に対する水素の安全性は、これまで様々な医学研究実績で証明されています。
吸入した水素は、悪玉活性酸素と結びつき、 無害な水に変わり体外へ排出されるため
副作用などの心配がなく 身体に負担になることはないといわれています ...
ながら~水素吸入をお勧めしています。




故障した場合はどうなりますか?


保証期間以内であれば、無料で修理させていただきます。
保証対象外の場合は、有償になりますが、対応させていただきます。





Stockists

I am a retailer ─ do you have a wholesale division? How can I stock instagami®?


Yes. For wholesale enquiries, please contact Instagami Vending at sales@instagami.com




Will instagami® be sold at vending machines?


Yes. We see Vending Machines as our way to free Stockists' staff from having to attend to sales as cashier. However, Stockists can use their traditional shelves/racks for displaying and selling their instagami® origami greeting card stock if they so wish.





Environmental and Community Responsibilities

水素の発生量の確認方法はありますか?


はい あります。
ペットボトルに520ccの水を入れて、水を満たした洗面器に
水を入れたペットボトルを逆さに入れます。
その状態で、吸入管の先をペットボトル内に入れてください。
スマホ等でストップウォッチを準備し
水素吸入器のスイッチを入れると同時にストップウオッチを
スタートします。
水素が発生すると、ペットボトル内の水が水素ガスと入れ替わります。
1分ほどでペットボトル内の水がすべて水素ガスと入れ替わります。
約1分で520mlの水素が発生したことになります。




水素濃度を確認する方法はありますか?


水素ガス測定器で測定できますが、高額です。
8万円ほどします。




8000時間経過後、部品交換は可能でしょうか?


はい、SPE電解装置をセットで交換可能です。
費用は、7万円程です。
水素発生量が低下してきたら、交換のサインです。




カニューラは、購入できますか・・・


50個から低価格でご購入できます。
カニューラのページをご覧ください。




水道水を使ったら、どうなりますか?


水の中の不純物が、SPE電解装置に影響して
水素と酸素の分解ができなくなり、最終的に故障いたします。
ミネラルウォーターも使用厳禁です。




何時間も吸入しても大丈夫ですか?


はい、大丈夫です。
人体に対する水素の安全性は、これまで様々な医学研究実績で証明されています。
吸入した水素は、悪玉活性酸素と結びつき、 無害な水に変わり体外へ排出されるため
副作用などの心配がなく 身体に負担になることはないといわれています ...
ながら~水素吸入をお勧めしています。




故障した場合はどうなりますか?


保証期間以内であれば、無料で修理させていただきます。
保証対象外の場合は、有償になりますが、対応させていただきます。