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Shapely 3D-Printed Speakers

Disney Research Turns Any Object into a 3D-Printed Speaker Design

— May 3, 2014 — Life-Stages
Disney Research's new speaker design technology uses 3D printing to turn any object into a speaker, instead of trying to fit a speaker inside of an object and worry about the angles for optimal sound transmission. Disney Research uses 3D printing to turn entire objects into speakers that are capable of emitting sound.

The 3D Printed Interactive Speakers can come in any shape or size imaginable, as Disney has already demonstrated with curved, spiralling and angular forms. This has a huge potential for the way interactive toys could be produced and this could also make toys much more realistic, such as having a small mouth-shaped speaker on a doll actually coming from its mouth rather than somewhere inside the body.

Trend Themes
1. 3d-printed Speakers - Disney Research's new speaker design technology that uses 3D printing has huge potential implications for the technology and the audio industries.
2. Interactive Toys - 3D printing technology could be integrated into toys, making them much more realistic, interactive, and customizable.
3. Object as Speaker - The idea of turning any object into a speaker opens up a new area of exploration, with implications for product design, audio, engineering, and architecture.
Industry Implications
1. Audio Technology - The technology behind 3D-printed speakers brings disruptive innovation to the audio industry by offering new ways to design and produce speakers.
2. Toy Manufacturing - Toy manufacturers can innovate by using 3D printing technology to create more realistic and interactive toys.
3. Product Design - Product designers can explore new possibilities in turning objects into speaker systems, creating new user experiences and product categories.
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