Electronics

Ceramic speaker is just 1mm thick

The ceramic speaker is thinner than the music player feeding it tunes
The ceramic speaker is thinner than the music player feeding it tunes
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The ceramic speaker is thinner than the music player feeding it tunes
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The ceramic speaker is thinner than the music player feeding it tunes
Design company Nendo has joined forces with Masagasu Mitsuke to create a super thin ceramic speaker set
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Design company Nendo has joined forces with Masagasu Mitsuke to create a super thin ceramic speaker set
The ceramic speaker would make an excellent addition to any music lovers fashionable home
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The ceramic speaker would make an excellent addition to any music lovers fashionable home
Masagasu Mitsuke's stunning design merges perfectly with the circuit board of the ceramic speaker
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Masagasu Mitsuke's stunning design merges perfectly with the circuit board of the ceramic speaker
The ceramic speaker set was created as part of Hidetoshi Nakata's Revalue Nippon project
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The ceramic speaker set was created as part of Hidetoshi Nakata's Revalue Nippon project

Design company Nendo has joined forces with Masagasu Mitsuke to create a super thin ceramic speaker set for a project aimed at injecting some new life into traditional Japanese crafts. Normally hidden away in such things as LED lighting, the ceramic substrate used for the creation is boldly brought out into the open for a striking piece of functional art.

The ceramic speakers are the company's contribution to a project started by former Japanese footballer Hidetoshi Nakata to put some life back into traditional crafts in Japan. Nendo was invited by Yuji Akimoto – one of the five project curators and director of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan – to work with Mitsuke, a Kanazawa-based potter who is influenced by the traditions of local Kutani ware.

Masagasu Mitsuke's stunning design merges perfectly with the circuit board of the ceramic speaker
Masagasu Mitsuke's stunning design merges perfectly with the circuit board of the ceramic speaker

The result is a set of high-end audio speakers boasting bold red arty designs merged with circuit-board lines on a ceramic substrate only 1mm thick. The ceramic substrate is manufactured by slicing thin slabs from thicker blocks, fixing them with mercury vapor and then mounting any components using a robotic arm.

Nendo wanted to use a product that is not usually seen by the human eye and make a decorative, functional product. The perfect solution was found on ceramic substrate, which has a high heat resistance and is normally found in LED lighting and other heat-emitting internal components.

3 comments
Alien
Initially interesting but why so little information? We are given only ONE dimension - thickness. So what are the other dimensions needed to produce a decent sound? And then how is it mounted, hung on a wall, laid flat on table or pinned to one\'s lapels? Come on guys, give us the FULL story!
Facebook User
I have a feeling this is an art project/concept rather than the real deal. Boxless speakers have been a holy grail for a while now with, as far as I\'m aware, nothing brought to market. If anyone does it, it will surely be one of the big audio manufacturers.
Steve Hill
The important thing - how do they sound?
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