Homebrew technology: Love letter meets jewellery (via New Scientist)
Nothing says “I love you” like jewellery – and this jewellery does it literally.
Thanks to a new design by Cheng Xu, a student in tangible interactive design at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, you can forget whispering sweet nothings into your lover’s ear: your beloved can now wear your words as earrings instead. Xu’s invention, called Speaker, turns spoken words into jewellery with a hidden meaning.
A user speaks into a microphone linked to an Arduino microcontroller that analyses changes in volume. It controls several small motors that push and bend a wire to represent the sound of the user’s words: effectively acting as a real-time jeweller.
“Custom made wedding bands with waveform of couple’s own voices. ”I Do” Ring offers a unique opportunity to own a timeless representation of your partner’s voice. Any words can be recorded to make a ring.”