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Disney Develops 'magical' Device to Make Fingertips Sing

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Listening to music from another person's finger.

The Inshin-Den-Shin technology developed by Disney Research transmits sound through the human body, turning fingertips into speakers.

Credit: Disney Research

The Inshin-Den-Shin technology won an honorable mention at the Ars Electronica Festival in Austria. Developed at Disney Research in Pittsburgh, the technology transmits sound through the human body, and turns fingertips into speakers.

The technology records audio through a device fitted to a standard microphone to create a modulated electrostatic field around the user's skin. When touching another person's earlobe, a small vibration is created, the finger and ear together form a speaker, and the inaudible signal transmitted through the body of the person holding the microphone becomes audible to the other person.

"The inaudible signal can be transmitted from body to body, using any sort of physical contact," says Disney Research. The recorded sound can be perceived only by the specific ear touched.

The sound can be "almost magical and appear to come from nowhere," says University of Salford professor Trevor Cox.

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