Imagine if you could turn every wall in your home office or garage into speakers. Well, researchers at MIT have developed a new speaker that’s as thin as a piece of paper and so light it can go almost anywhere.
This new speaker technology is ultra-thin, but it’s also flexible and very durable, which means that in the future we could potentially mount it on all types of different surfaces. Not only that, but it’s also incredibly energy efficient and requires virtually no energy to produce audible tunes.
The technology is still new and in its infancy, so the sound quality isn’t top notch yet. Also, we don’t know what kind of volumes it can play at, but the video below will give you a good idea of this amazing new speaker technology.
And while this isn’t the first time researchers have developed an incredibly thin speaker, previous versions didn’t produce sound unless it was out in the open. The MIT version works no matter what, whether folded or flat against a wall. It doesn’t need space to vibrate and move air, which provides crisp sound.
Keep in mind that such a small area that doesn’t move air means you probably won’t get as much bass, but it’s a start. This type of technology can certainly evolve and improve over time.
According to the report, MIT’s paper speaker uses about one-tenth the electricity of a typical home speaker, which means it’s incredibly efficient. The research paper discusses this type of technology used for noise cancellation and much more.
Imagine if MIT could take this technology to a consumer or prosumer level. We could line the interiors of cars with it to block sound while delivering incredible sound or turn the entire dance floor into one giant speaker.
If this technology becomes a reality, the options could be endless.