Disney’s Lab Builds Buttons That Work By Manipulating Soundwaves Rather Than Electricity

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I’m a fan of Disney’s research labs. Meant largely to help Disney discover new ways to innovate in their parks and products, it’s a seemingly endless stream of crazy thinking.

Much of what they build and share is really, really cool, but hard to imagine being used by anyone outside of Disney. This crazy robot that draws massive pictures on the beach? It’s cool as heck, but unless you own a big stretch of beach to act as a canvas (as Disney does with its resorts), it’s not super practical.

Some things they come up with, though, are great because they’re just so different. So clever. Take, for example, this just released video on what Disney’s research hub is calling « Acoustruments. »

The video is a bit slow to start, so a primer: by manipulating soundwaves emitted by your smartphone’s speaker, they’re able to build buttons/knobs/sliders/etc. that can interact with your…

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