Thin headphones made from printed electronics are music for the soul
Music is food for thought, music is indeed life for some. Modern headphones and earphones quench that thirst for music giving you the freedom to enjoy music anywhere you want. The basic form factor and manufacturing technique for earphones and headphones has remained the same, but now a new kind of headphone freshens-up the scenario. These are headphones by Maxime Loiseau that make use of printed electronics manufacturing technology which eliminates the need for any wires, welded electronics or injection molding methods.
Using the roll to roll manufacturing process, these headphones have a very thin and simplified make with just 8 parts instead of the standard 40-50 pieces that make up a pair of headphones. The printed electronics also ensure that there is just one wire connected to one earpiece and no need for another wire, since the hardware is printed in the material itself.
These headphones have earpieces with audio unit that is just 1mm thick
The main component of these headphones is the 1mm thick speaker which is made from piezoelectric cells that vibrate to produce audio that is equivalent to conventional headphones. To power up the Bluetooth headphones, the lithium-ion battery has also been printed within the thin make of these music machines.
Maxime has presented the prototype of these headphones at Wanted Design for the ENSCI- diploma+ exhibition at the New York Design Week 2015. For now the maker is looking to improve the headphone’s overall design before it can be pushed into production, hence we’ll have to wait for some time before seeing them in production lines.
According to Maxime Loiseau;
The purpose here is to offer a reflection about producing electronic devices in a smarter way. The more materials are advanced, the more they are paradoxically easy to work. Through one production process, we can then using less process, less material, energy and pieces. Tt the same time, I tried to use the possibilities of the process to create an aesthetic result from it, a more fair product, with no superfluous parts.