Disney Research Creates Mindblowing Magic Microphone

The new invention lets you "whisper" messages from person to person with your fingertips.




Photo courtesy of Disney Research
 

 

The telephone game just got a lot more accurate. Ivan Poupyrev, an inventor at Oakland’s Disney Research, has come up with a new way of communicating that you must see in order to believe. The Ishin-Den-Shin technology uses a regular microphone to record sound. A computer hooked up to the mic instantly encodes the sound waves into an electrostatic field that is transmitted through the speaker’s body. The person essentially downloads the sound into their body and can then upload the sound to another person through their fingertip.

When the charged person’s fingertip touches another person’s earlobe, the electromagnetic energy creates an organic speaker that plays the sound back as a whisper.

Is your brain broken? Because that’s not all. The message can actually be transmitted from person to person to person (to person) by a chain of physical contact.

 

 

Just watch the video for a full explanation:
 

Watch This

 

Look, we’re not BuzzFeed. We don’t like to toss out words like “mindblowing” too often. But that video just destroyed our naive preconceptions of the physical world.

What’s the future of this wild invention? Poupyrev told BBC News that he wants to scale the technology to provide audible messages to large numbers of people solely through touch. It’s already getting attention around the world. The installation received an honorary mention at PRIX Ars Electronica 2013, an international competition of cyberarts in Linz, Austria.

*Whispers into microphone*

“Buy us cookies.”



 

#Tweets: Pittsburgh has a new Mare




 

What's going on tonight?

 

  • Follow La Palapa Pittsburgh from its Strip District spot to its grand opening in South Side at 1925 E. Carson St., complete with a $10 dinner buffet and free BYOB. — 5-9 p.m.

 

  • Warm up during a performance of “Dragons,” presented by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey inside Consol Energy Center. — 7 p.m.

 

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More From The 412

The Best Times to See The Supermoon in Pittsburgh

The Best Times to See The Supermoon in Pittsburgh

The last time the moon was this close to earth, Harry Truman was in the White House.
Creative Nonfiction Writers’ Conference Helps Writers Tell Their Stories

Creative Nonfiction Writers’ Conference Helps Writers Tell Their Stories

The fifth annual Creative Nonfiction Writers’ Conference brings writers from across the country together to improve their craft.
Beloved Edie Retiring as Fairmont's Canine Ambassador

Beloved Edie Retiring as Fairmont's Canine Ambassador

Edie has been a fixture at the Downtown hotel since 2011
Bike Your Buns Off

Bike Your Buns Off

Pittsburghers can now bike all the way to Washington, D.C., without leaving the trail. Go on, then.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Hot Reads

2017 Pittsburgher of the Year: Kelly Frey

2017 Pittsburgher of the Year: Kelly Frey

No one would blame the veteran WTAE anchor if she took time off while undergoing intensive breast cancer treatment. Instead, she chose to use humor and grace to educate and inspire others, all while in the public eye.
Green Medicine: The Business of Medical Marijuana

Green Medicine: The Business of Medical Marijuana

For many, medical marijuana is a panacea capable of alleviating a wide range of symptoms. As Pennsylvania begins allowing the drug’s medical use, patients are relieved — and business is booming.
Restaurant Review: Casbah Still is Rocking

Restaurant Review: Casbah Still is Rocking

More than 20 years into its run, Casbah remains one of Pittsburgh’s most relevant restaurants.
First There Was Hot Yoga. Then There Was Goat Yoga

First There Was Hot Yoga. Then There Was Goat Yoga

Believe it or not, yogis have been practicing with goats in the Unites States for more than a year.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

On the Blogs


Watch: A New Penguin Has Arrived in Pittsburgh

Watch: A New Penguin Has Arrived in Pittsburgh

Check out some high-resolution penguin snuggling.

Comments


All the foodie news that's fit to blog
Madeline Bakery and Bistro to Open in Wilkinsburg

Madeline Bakery and Bistro to Open in Wilkinsburg

The French-inspired bakery will feature croissants, cookies, bread and more.

Comments


Not just good stuff. Great stuff.
Best of the ‘Burgh Gift Guide for 2017

Best of the ‘Burgh Gift Guide for 2017

Here are some of our favorite ‘Burgh-inspired gifts for him, her, kids, foodies and more.

Comments


Enjoy a Relaxing Evening of Wanton Destruction at Break Room

Enjoy a Relaxing Evening of Wanton Destruction at Break Room

The Irwin business offers the chance to smash inanimate objections for a little "therapeutic demolition."

Comments


Mike Prisuta's Sports Section

A weekly look at the games people are playing and the people who are playing them.
Steelers Can't Ease Their Patriots Pain Until January

Steelers Can't Ease Their Patriots Pain Until January

Much as they’d like to, the Steelers won’t be able to exorcise the ghosts of AFC Championship Games Past, even with a win on Sunday.

Comments


The movies that are playing in Pittsburgh –– and, more importantly, whether or not they're worth your time.
Movie Review — Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Movie Review — Star Wars: The Last Jedi

A review of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," the latest entry in the massive franchise.

Comments


Everything you need to know about getting married in Pittsburgh today.
Wedding Photographers Share Their Best Wintery Photo Shoots

Wedding Photographers Share Their Best Wintery Photo Shoots

We asked local wedding photographers to share their favorite engagement and wedding photographs from the most wonderful time of the year.

Comments


Weekly inspiration for your home from the editors of Pittsburgh Magazine
Show House: Junior League Unveils Historic Wilkinsburg Manse

Show House: Junior League Unveils Historic Wilkinsburg Manse

The nonprofit currently is seeking interior designers to decorate the 112-year-old mansion’s 28 rooms before tours take place in May.

Comments