Flexible speakers

Tom James @ 01-04-2009

speakerFollowing on from yesterday’s thin ‘n’ see-through supercapacitors now we have thin ‘n’ shiny speakers from researchers at Warwick University:

Engineers claim their new ultra-thin speakers, as well as looking good and being easy to conceal, will also deliver clearer, crisper sound.

The loudspeakers could replace public address systems in passenger terminals and shopping centres.

They could also be used as speaking posters to deliver adverts.

Cheers for clearer tannoys. Jeers for annoying talking posters.

[from the BBC][image from the BBC]

Tom Doyle’s Futurismic stories as audiobooks… read by Tom Doyle!

Paul Raven @ 10-09-2008

UPDATE: Due to bandwidth overage, the below files have been moved to a new hostthe new links are available.

We got an email from multiple Futurismic fiction alumnus Tom Doyle:

I’ve recently uploaded audio readings of my Futurismic stories. The links are as follows:

  • “Art’s Appreciation” [original HTML; on Feedbooks]

    Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

  • “Consensus Building” [original HTML; on Feedbooks]
  • “Hooking Up” [original HTML; on Feedbooks]

If you could let your readers know that this audio versions are now available, I’d very much appreciate it. And if they’d like to hear other audio, they can visit my website!

Thank you!

Tom Doyle

Consider the people told, Tom!

Carbon nanotube radio fits on the head of a pin

Jeremy Eades @ 13-02-2008

Oh, carbon nanotubes, is there anything you can’t do?  Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have come up with a radio, all of whose reception components are made of carbon nanotubes.  This is pretty much just a proof-of-concept, no one’s going to be mass-producing nano-radios anytime soon, and the actual amplifier and headphone jack can’t really be scaled down, limiting the lower size limit. 

What it does show is that nanotubes can be grown in arranged structures and the conductive properties are good enough that they may be a suitable replacement for silicon.  This is good news for solar manufacturers worried about a silicon shortage.  Not to mention it’d help with that pesky ewaste problem.  Listen to an interview with one of the researchers here.

(via Science Friday) (photo from flickr user jschneid)

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