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Taiwan’s ITRI Reveals Flexible Ultra Thin Speakers Print E-mail
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
ImageModularity is the theme of the day, as Taiwanese company ITRI is showing off their prototype fleXpeaker technology.  Allowing for an infinitely expandable speaker to suit any setup, this may be the perfect accessory for that 155 inch OLED from Mitsubishi. Using paper as the main material, the ITRI fleXpeaker is less than 10mm thick.  Power consumption is said to be 10% of traditional speakers, which would make battery power for portable speakers a no brainer.  ITRI has no end of ideas for applications for the fleXpeaker technology.  As stated in a recent press release, “In the future, the paper-thin flexible loudspeakers can be applied to portable 3C products, transportation products and large-size commercial billboards, and can also be integrated with wallpaper and become part of decoration, or cut into various forms at will, develop into handy stickers, speakers for sticking on the body, clothing or other articles, memo cards, thin-sheet MP3, and even be integrated with buildings, and applied to emerging entertainment and medical fields…”

These won’t be replacing standard loudspeakers any time soon though.  While they have a high frequency of 20KHz, the lowest frequency response is 200Hz.

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