Disney Has Invented Potentially Pointless Fingertip Speaker

disneyDisney has announced that it has invented a fingertip speaker. A person can record or transmit a voice message which becomes inaudible until they touch the earlobe of another person.

When it comes innovation and invention Disney are not necessarily the first name on most lists. In fact, not since Walt Disney himself invented the multiplane camera has the name been particularly synonymous with ground breaking innovation. On evidence of the company’s latest attempts, it seems the sketcher’s demise has not exactly heralded a new age of cutting edge technology launches either.

The Ishin-Den-Shin, which means “what the mind thinks, the heart transmits” in Japanese is an audio system developed at Disney Research.

A person is able to record a message using a special microphone and the message then becomes inaudible but by making contact with another person’s earlobe, an organic speaker is formed and the message plays back directly in the recipient’s ear. According to analysts the sound will only be audible to the touched and it can be transmitted from person to person.

It’s difficult to image any real world setting where the technology might be used and Disney has not released any details on this either. While the technology did get honourable mention at the Ars Electronica festival it has drawn a number of question marks from technology experts over any real life application.

For a start off, we’re not sure about the implications of touching other peoples’ earlobes unless you know them quite well, in which case whispering would probably suffice.

The body conducts electricity and this makes it feasible to create these so called organic speakers. Google Glass uses bone conduction to transmit sound from the bones of the skull to the inner ear; a technology that is also used in some high quality, high end, and expensive personal headphones.

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