3D printing has reached a point where people are looking to do more than just print things in plastic, so we now have food printers, doctors are printing out bones, and most recently a technology developed by Disney Research interaction designer Ivan Poupyrev that turns any object into a speaker. Here’s how it works:
Technically, this means that any object around us would be able to “talk”
To apply this technology, we have to thread a wire that carries an “electrical impulse of sound” through the object, before covering it with electrodes in order to charge “its skin with the potential to create sound”.
Ivan’s advancement could lead to some incredibly immersive experiences, like the ability to cover entire surfaces of walls and objects with speakers, or turning fashion accessories into mini speakers so you can share your favorite tunes with the world.