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Catarina Mota, Alicia Gibb and Shelby Arnold built a speaker made entirely from copper foil tape on cardstock. They’re testing it with the JelTone edible piano. The speaker’s design comes from the High-Low Tech Research Group at MIT.

The tape is applied to the paper in a coil-shaped pattern. When connected to the output lines of the JelTone with alligator clips, the speaker produces a soft hum. This sound matches the tones that the piano produces when hooked up to a real amplifier, though it’s a lot softer and noisier.

[Via @ericskiff]

John Baichtal

John Baichtal

My interests include writing, electronics, RPGs, scifi, hackers & hackerspaces, 3D printing, building sets & toys. @johnbaichtal nerdage.net


  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2ZIJ6TNUVN46CYJODGKMRLIXZU Dave

    Interesting.  They don’t show the magnet necessary for operation, though. 

    As an interesting variation on producing the coil, a bit of pencil lead (graphite) drawn on a substrate, and then Copper electroplated, may make for an interesting design approach.

    • http://twitter.com/popupshelby Shelby Arnold

      You are correct – there is a magnet underneath the paper/copper coil. I’ve updated the original post to clarify.

    • http://twitter.com/popupshelby Shelby Arnold

      You are correct – there is a magnet underneath the paper/copper coil. I’ve updated the original post to clarify.

      • Anonymous

        Or maybe two coils on two pieces of cardstock. One coil is placed on top of the other, and they’re wired in series, but out of phase so that they produce equal but opposite magnetic fields.

  • http://stormcopperbusbar.wordpress.com stormcopper

    We love it!! Of course…we are a little nuts about copper foil ourselves. Still…thanks for sharing.

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