Disney develops breakthrough device to make fingertips talk

Disney Research has developed new device to transmit sounds through the human body.
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Disney has developed an innovative new device with the ability to transmit sound through the human body.

Using a standard microphone to record audio, the Ishin-Den-Shin technology then converts it into an inaudible signal transmitted through the body of the person holding the microphone.

The BBC reports that when the microphone holder then touches someone's earlobe, the sound becomes audible, 'whispering' the recording in to that person's ear.

The innovative new technology has been developed at Disney Research in Pittsburgh.

The research department explained that sound is recoded through a device fitted to the microphone, creating a modulated electrostatic field around the user's skin.

"When touching another person's ear, this modulated electrostatic field creates a very small vibration of the earlobe," Disney Research says on its website. "As a result, both the finger and the ear together form a speaker, that makes the signal audible for the person touched.

"The inaudible signal can be transmitted from body to body, using any sort of physical contact."

The recorded sound can be heard only by the specific ear touched.

Disney is yet to reveal how it will utilise its latest scientific breakthrough.


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